Leftovers: Stray Links From Our Editors


Happy belated Juneteenth! [Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Allison Robicelli explains why the whole Paula Deen debacle is so tragically American, but not for the reasons we think. —Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague talks about how restaurants determine their markups on wine prices...and when a markup is just too much. When she talks to Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey, he points out that too many restaurant critics don't hold restaurants accountable for their prices, perhaps because they're uncomfortable with wine. (In the days of Google, I'd say this is no excuse--anyone can find out the retail price of a bottle on the list.) —Maggie Hoffman, Drinks Editor

Chicago Reader's annual Best of Chicago is always worth checking out. Of course, you'll have to differentiate between the straightforward winners picked by the readers (yawn...), and the oddball awards picked by the Reader's staff. The latter includes such winners as Best Late-Night Fast-Food Spot Without Shame and Best Brewery With a Bright Tank Named "Waffles". —Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Editor

Although I've been hearing good things about the NBC show Hannibal for months, I hadn't been pushed to watch it until I read about the complicated food styling that goes on in the show. The show's expert food stylist Janice Poon documents her recipes, techniques, and sketches for the show on her blog Feeding Hannibal, and she does it with playfulness and great detail. Read it! —Robyn Lee, AHT Editor/Chief Doodler

Isn't vanilla frosting vodka enough of a cautionary tale? Leave my whiskey alone! —Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor

I'm deep in Barbecue Week mode, so I've been spending a lot of time on the Southern Foodways Alliance site. I missed the actual holiday (it was last week), but today I read a sweet, short remembrance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Like any proper holiday, celebrations typically involve the establishment of a barbecue pit as the center of attention. —Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor

My sappy side really loved this Grub Street story about a food blogger who connected with a complete stranger through a stack of recipe cards purchased at an antiques shop. Food forging community and rainbows and unicorns, etc., etc. On the decidedly...unsappy...side, is it bad that my first reaction to an article about a French woman hospitalized for drinking nothing but soda for 16 years was, 'What, not even wine?' —Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor