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 changes cooks in California are taking to reduce water waste, the history of pies in comedy, and the ridiculous cookbooks we can't believe actually exist.
Here are 7 of our favorite things we read this week:
- Once a source of creativity in American cooking, the term "New American cuisine" is now a watered-down version of its once clear definition. [Slate]
- In comedy, pies aren't for eating—take a look at the history of pies in comedy, starting over 100 years ago. [New York Times]
- When it comes to cookbook titles, "Mastering the art of..." is a popular starting point. [Washington Post]
- Why you should eat yogurt before going in the sun and other ways to maximize the nutrients you get from food. [The Salt via NPR]
- In California's fourth year of severe drought, chefs and home cooks looking for new ways to save water in the kitchen. [New York Times]
- Would you believe that Smoothies for Human Beauty by Ricky Martin is a real cookbook? Take this hilarious quiz to find out. [Eater]
- A tongue-in-cheek illustration on free lunch. [Lucky Peach]
Did you read anything worth sharing this week? Tell us in the comments below!
Photos by James Ransom