Best Food Stories Of The Week: Mario Batali

All the news you might have missed this week

We get it, you're busy. We're swamped, too—busy combing the Internet to keep you in the loop amid this fast-moving world, that is. Head into the weekend with these articles, food-related deep dives and Tasting Table reads stored away as dinner party conversation fodder.

All About Food

• After months out of the spotlight, Mario Batali is planning his next steps ...

• ... Even if people are, justifiably, far from ready.

• How sobriety changed the way award-winning chef Sean Brock looks at food.

• Tackling craft beer's bro code and its views on "bitch beer."

• Why the price of vanilla is currently higher than that of pure silver.

• The world's largest Chick-fil-A opens in NYC (and people are very excited).

Around the Web 

Food insecurity is keeping students from graduating college.

• Germany just opened a museum dedicated to dachshunds.

• Stephen Hawking's last gift to the world? Treating 50 homeless people to an Easter meal. 

• You'll no longer have to sign those credit card receipts.

This Week on TT 

• Announcing our (100 percent women) guest chef dinner series.

• No, coffee doesn't need a cancer warning label.

• Author Julia Turshen's latest project is a database for marginalized voices in food

• Learn more about Alton Brown's return to TV.

• This new website is like "Spotify for cookbooks."