Things I Read (and Loved) This Week

Books and laptop with flowers

Every week for my job, I read tons of articles about food — many of which deserve to be shared! Here are some of my favorite pieces of food writing from this past week.

  1. David Chang of Momofuku explains the timeline of the massive ramen boom in New York City — and why ramen isn’t what it used to be. [Lucky Peach]
  2. As a former vegan, I appreciated Mark Bittman’s take on the food that’s said to be one of the cruelest animal products. [New York Times]
  3. Bourdain Market is set to be the new Happiest Place on Earth, with an assortment of food stalls hand-picked by Anthony (No surprise, Xi’an Famous Foods is slated to the be first). [Eater]
  4. An incredibly helpful guide to the Geographical Indicators on food (Spoiler: Parmesan knock-offs are rarely from Italy). [Food52]
  5. A story about the mother of all peanut butters — and a man who loved it. [New York Times]

Back to Books


I have always loved the start of school. Walking back from the bookstore with an enormous armful of textbooks I know I’ll read every page of over the semester (or at least speed-read over finals week) has always made me more more excited than daunted. While I won’t return to school this fall, I hope that life will provide for me plenty of opportunities to learn new things.

Looking back at this summer, the majority of the books I read taught me something. So in the spirit of the back-to-school season, here is my list of educating reads (that won’t put you to sleep like your old O-Chem textbook).

  1. Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen: A stranger-than-fiction account of the planning behind the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and a murderer who found his victims there.
  2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: An incredible novel about race, gender, and nationality that was as entertaining as it was eye-opening.
  3. Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton: A memoir that gives a new female perspective on what it means to be a chef.
  4. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg: Political views and controversy aside, this is a fascinating account of Sandberg’s path to becoming the chief operating executive at Facebook.
  5. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: A dense nonfiction account of what the title promises, just about everything, written in a conversational voice that makes it easy to digest.
  6. HRC by Jonathan Allen: A beautifully crafted biography of the Secretary of State and former First Lady’s political rebirth.