Leftovers: Pete Seeger's Pumpkins, The Super Bowl of Dips, and More!


Is guac the dip champ? [Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]

THE SUPER BOWL OF DIPS! (That's all the commentary I have.) —Ben Fishner, Ad Ops Admin

I can't get enough of these articles about customers at McDonald's ordering one cup of coffee and loitering for hours and hours. It reminds me of the Generalissimo episode of 30 Rock, when Jack Donaghy convinces the actor who looks exactly like him on the Spanish soap opera, Los Amantes Clandestinos, to charm an older woman on the show by showing interest in her grandchildren and by going to McDonald's to only order coffee. I also just realized that 30 Rock episodes are nearly impossible to recap in a few sentences without sounding crazy. —Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Editor

Apparently tater tots are the new French fries. —Maggie Hoffman, Drinks and Senior Editor

The title and cover art are a little hokey, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to preorder Ruth Reichl's first novel and then shut myself in a room until I've read every page. —Carrie Vasios Mullins, Sweets Editor

The oddest food-related news I've heard in a while: watching people eat online, referred to as gastronomic voyeurism, is the latest fad in South Korea, according to this Reuters video. —Robyn Lee, AHT Editor/Art Director

The ex-president of Trader Joe's is planning on opening up a low-cost, high-quality food store that will sell near-expired fresh, packaged, and prepared foods at discount prices. According to the article, there's an estimated $165 billion worth of perfectly good food that's thrown out in the U.S. due to confusing and unregulatable "best by" dating. Why not use it instead? Some folks accuse him of taking things rich people don't want and selling it to the poor. He says, "so what?" —Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

A deeper look into how Korean cuisine came to embrace Spam, once "a luxury available only to the rich and well-connected." —Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

RIP folk legend Pete Seeger, who (hand!)wrote the forward for 1972 cookbook called Pumpkin Happy , which, naturally, focuses on both pumpkin-centric recipes and and Seeger's self-described "pumpkin project." Read the whole thing here. —Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor

More Pete! A touching food-focused tribute to the late Pete Seeger from Bon Appetit—RIP Pete!—takes the cake for me this week. Also, a song about coffee and food turned into pretty pictures. —Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor

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