Today the New Yorker's annual food issue hit the web, and, as per tradition, we dropped everything and read it from (virtual) cover to cover. Start with Dana Goodyear's thoughtful look at underground and pop-up restaurant culture through the lens of L.A.'s underground Wolvesmouth; then, if you're a subscriber, we highly recommend Jane Kramer's profile on Yotam Ottolenghi, who was just in town a few weeks ago promoting his new book Jerusalem during a dinner at Bar Tartine that we had the good fortune to attend.
Plus there's a free charmer from Calvin Trillin on mole, a lengthy feature on a Parisian bakery from Lauren Collins, a meditation on sausages from Mimi Sheraton, a personal history from Daniyal Mueenuddin about learning to live on a family farm in Pakistan, and the usual mini-essays on things like drinking Manhattans and butchering bear.
Magazines large and small have pages and pages of food stories every month, of course, but something about The New Yorker's coverage always sticks with us. We still think about the 2005 story on one woman's quest to repopulate Renaissance-era pears, or the 2009 feature on the flavor factory Givaudan (neither are available without a subscription, unfortch).
You always learn something. So take a break and read up as you ease back into your workweek. At the very least, it's better than browsing the sad Cyber Monday "lightning deals" on Amazon.