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Every Sunday, we'll round up our favorite food reads (podcasts, and videos) from the week, so you can sit back with that cup of coffee and settle in to catch up on what's happening in the world of food.
Today: A travel writer contemplates her role in a food magazine's demise, why the macaroni and cheese company just bought the ketchup company, and a conversation on modern mixology.
Here are 7 of our favorite things we read this week:
- At first we laughed when we heard that the macaroni and cheese company bought the ketchup company, but then we realized that the Heinz/Kraft merger could have some serious ramifications on the food industry by decreasing the possibility of a competitive market for food, which translates to fewer options for consumers. We may just make our condiments at home for now. (Time)
- This article did the rounds on our intra-office chat when we learned that Duane "The Rock" Johnson eats more cod per year than anyone should in a lifetime (820 pounds per, to be exact) and this woman is concerned for him. (FiveThirtyEight and The Toast)
- An oldie but goodie: Ann Patchett reflects on her years spent traveling and eating on Gourmet magazine's dime; we reflected on ways to convince A&M to expand into travel and send us on fabulous trips for "research." (Wall Street Journal)
- Two helmsmen of the drink world geek out over modern mixology and the history of the cocktail. Consider saving this for the evening or trading in your coffee for a mimosa before you start reading. (Grub Street)
- Restaurant professionals weigh in on whether it's worth the time and high tuition for aspiring chefs to attend culinary school. (Lucky Peach)
- Ikea just got a little more vegetarian-friendly by adding vegetable "meatballs" to its menu and our two vegetarian editors got a little more excited for their next venture to Red Hook. (Wall Street Journal)
Did you read anything worth sharing this week? Tell us in the comments below!
Top photo by James Ransom; bottom photo by Mark Weinberg