Food

Our Tarts, Ourselves

Butter tarts are strangely modest in their excess, a two-dollar decadence. But like that Canadian myth of innocent blandness, a butter tart’s surface hides something much more complex.

Dinner For One

When you grow up eating alone, sometimes a terrible dinner is all you can ask for.

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My Life, in Yogurt

On how food trends reflect the world we live in, by the author of The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up With Fondue. Case study: a man comes of age between two very different eras of “big yogurt.”

|| Gordon Ramsay calling out an order to the brigade de cuisine
The Devolution of the Modern Kitchen

How did the restaurant kitchen become the frantic, sweltering, tyrannical hellhole it is today? A history of the back-of-the-house and its rigorous hierarchies.

Murder and Noodles

It takes time to find your favourite Chinese food place, and the friends to attend it with. But once you’ve found it, nothing—not even a murder—can ever keep you away.

You Are What You Excrete: On Salt Sugar Fat, Gulp, and our Awful Innards

Recent books by Michael Moss and Mary Roach look, respectively, at the grossest parts of our alimentary processes: The terrible foods we put in our mouths, and what our wonderful, revolting bodies do with them after.