Leftovers: RIP One Fat Lady, Unmaking Oreos, and More


[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Before Philip Foss received a Michelin star at EL Ideas, he ran a food truck called Meatyballs. After taking some time off, he rides again, and the Chicago Reader was along for the trip. —Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Editor

Ever wonder how many pounds of blue cheese you'd need to eat to die? 22 lbs. How many packs of gum? Oh, about 404 packs. Cinnamon? 40 tablespoons. All of these, um, fun (?) facts, and more, right this way! —Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor

In another day of contradictory health information, a new study says that saturated fats might not be bad for your heart. I agree with the thinking in this New York Times article, which is that the premise of good health doesn't have to change (again). Continue to eat good, real food, and don't take this as a green light to go deep diving back into a plate of steak.—Carrie Vasios Mullins, Sweets Editor

Clarissa Dickson Wright (née Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright), one of the UK's Two Fat Ladies, has died. (Her partner in crime Jennifer Paterson died in 1999.) Two Fat Ladies is one of my favorite cooking shows: for the improv, the devil-may-care approach to fat, the complete absence of measurements or pedagogy in favor of having a damn good time with goose grease—there's never been anything like it. So in memoriam I'm watching their Christmas special over and over, featuring egg mousse, roast goose, and a fruitcake ice cream bombe for good measure. Wright's life and career—her wealth, struggles with drug addiction, intellectual endeavors, parliamentary coital adventures, and food activism—were fascinating well beyond her show's brief run. Her obit goes into more detail. —Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

I found this Saveur story about an iconic Cuban cookbook author really interesting. —Maggie Hoffman, Drinks and Senior Editor

[Video: Jerk Circle on YouTube]

"Oreos, a vital part of any nutritious breakfast. But did you know some companies harvest them for raw materials?" Behold the unmaking of Oreo cookies (er, technically Newman-Os) in How It's Unmade - Oreo Cookies. It's as mesmerizing as How It's Made but weirder. I especially like the part when wizards collect the cookie extract.
—Robyn Lee, AHT Editor/Art Director —Robyn Lee, AHT Editor