Every Sunday, we 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: The culinary wonder that is Italian rest stops, Los Angeles's culinary transformation, and the hidden beauty in imperfect fruit.

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Here are 8 of our favorite things we read this week:

More: Learn how to make Pocket Coffee, the candy sold at every Italian rest stop.

Did you read anything worth sharing this week? Tell us in the comments below!

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AntoniaJames May 18, 2015
Incidentally, another great source of imperfect fruits and vegetables: any organic farmers market in the SF Bay Area - and likely in many other areas where farmers bring their produce directly to consumers. Look for the organic farmer with the lowest prices and that's exactly what you'll find. (It's where I shop.) ;o)
AntoniaJames May 18, 2015
Lottie + Doof's review of Alan Levinovitz's "The Gluten Lie" (written by a philosophy/religious studies professor) http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2015/05/notboring-2/#more-15390 and the linked interview with the author on The Atlantic's website are must-reads. As one would expect from #notboring. The book is not just about gluten, by the way. It's about food trends and their followers, pseudoscience and sensationalism in the interest of selling books, magazines and newspapers (and ad clicks), food hysteria and paranoia and cults, all looked at objectively. I've reserved the book at the library. ;o)