This week, our favorite food reads covered origin stories, changing tides in food and drink culture, the way we perceive food trends and the way food can help us understand other subjects (we're talking about math, people). It's always a good week when stories take us all over the map. Here are eight at the top of our list:
With our attention turned to Cinco de Mayo, we loved Punch's article on how America commandeered the margarita and made it its own.
With hot chicken always on our minds, we also delighted in NPR's story behind Prince's, known as "ground zero for hot chicken," in Nashville. Let's just say it's hotter than you might expect.
We couldn't help but fawn over Francis Lam's essay on kimchi fried rice, family tradition and identity.
Speaking of tradition and identity, the Washington Post's article on the slow death of tea in Britain was eye-opening, and not just because of the striking graphs that reveal how much coffee we all drink.
Fresh off the heels of the James Beard Awards, Slate's article on the gap between "foodie" culture and what Americans are really cooking was a great read.
So too was the New York Times' totally fascinating profile of a mathematician who uses food to teach and make the subject accessible, interesting and appetizing.
The aforementioned profile was as inspiring as Munchies' story on Rollin' Grocer, a mobile market in Kansas City that is bringing groceries to food deserts. With clear prose and powerful photos, Munchies brings this national issue, and one group's brave solution, to life.
Finally, to send you off into the weekend, we invite you to explore the International Banana Museum. Yes, you read that correctly. Enjoy!
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