The new hot thing in artisan fast food: deliberately imperfect slices of turkey, Egg McMuffins, and pizza. "The goal is to get the same action as if you were cutting with a knife," says an engineer at Kraft. Mmmm, love that hand-engineered turkey. —Max Falkowitz, NY Editor
It's almost the festival of Midsummer so I was happy to stumble on Canille et Vanille's recent photo journey through Gothenburg, Sweden. The photos are so beautiful and alive. And yeah, I want to live in that pot of crayfish. — Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor
Cute animal-shaped breads from Kyoto Aquarium fill me with glee!
—Robyn Lee, AHT Editor and Chief Doodler
I guess I just have seafood on the brain, 'cause I'm brushing up on Mark Bittman's simple scallop recipes AND having my mind blown by the evolutionary science of sea urchins. —Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor
Is this Austin grocery America's most sustainable market? Food & Wine takes a peek inside a mostly package-free food store. Don't forget to bring your own tupperware! —Maggie Hoffman, Drinks Editor
I have two picks: One, there was a fascinating piece in the Times this week about how Bill Nye (yes, the Science Guy) is fighting the good fight, trying to bring science and reason to the classroom and make sure it stays there. Ok, so I suppose this isn't exactly food related per se, but it's definitely science related, and as one of the goals of my Food Lab column is to get people to understand the basic science of cooking. It's a topic that's near and dear to my heart (and hopefully to yours!).
Two: the House of Representatives is set to vote this week on the Denham-Schrader Ammendment, an amendment that will increase the minimum space requirements for battery egg-laying hens across the country. It may increase the cost of eggs in the short term as large farms will be required to retrofit their hen houses, but I feel that's a small price to pay for increased ethical standards in one of the cruelest sectors of the food industry.Check out the full story here in the LA Times, and if you agree with it and get the chance, do call or email your representative to vote yes on the bill! — Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer
Oh, let's see. Regardless of your politics, this article from The Atlantic about the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—currently up for debate in the House as part of the Agriculture Committee's farm bill—is well worth your time and consideration (we covered it, too). Also, how utterly ridiculous is this LA bar, which listed wearing heels as part of their dress code? —Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor