September

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“Will Write for Food: The Rise (and Fall?) of Food Writing” by Bryan Curtis (The Ringer)

Curtis claims that food has overtaken the place that music once held in popular culture. This is a curious trend: while food occupies our attention, enjoying the menu at a new, nationally-renowned restaurant isn’t as affordable or accessible as streaming newly-released albums (or watching a praised director’s new film). This piece explores the resurgence in food writing and the new phenomenon of food-as-pop-culture.

What I Know About Running Coffee Shops by Colin Harmon

Admittedly some of this is a little industry specific, but I think Colin Harmon (of Dublin’s 3fe) has a very compelling attitude towards quality control in coffee (e.g. focus on improving or eliminating your worst drink, not further improving your best one). His wisdom certainly has applications in other areas than coffee as well.

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“Sauces” (Binging with Babish)

“Basics with Babish” is an instructional offshoot of Andrew Rea’s channel, in which he recreates noteworthy dishes from television and cinema with beautiful presentation. Though the focus of the video is basic sauces, it’s also one of the best knife skills videos I’ve seen.

 

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“McDonalds Broke My Heart” by Malcolm Gladwell (Revisionist History)

Gladwell offers an interesting account McDonalds’ decision to change their fry recipe in 1990, yielding fries that he says tasted like cardboard. There’s a frustrating irony here: if McDonald’s changed their recipe in pursuit of a healthier fry, why did I grow up being taught that the post-1990 McDonalds’ fries were the quintessence of unhealthy food? Isn’t a bad-tasting, unhealthy alternative to a good-tasting, unhealthy food a lose-lose?

“Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers (Bandcamp)