The Week Magazine on how grilling became a national passion. Did you know that charcoal briquets came about because Henry Ford wanted a creative way to make use of the scraps from the sawmill that produced wooden panels for Model T's? With some help from Thomas Edison, they devised a cheap and easy way to transform these scraps into charcoal briquets, and sold them at Ford car dealerships.
Maple Bak'nlava. My friend Yimay went and made baklava with bacon in it: "It kinda sounds scary at
first but just imagine crunching into buttery layers of salty bacon, sweet maple syrup and crunchy nuts. It's like a breakfast party in your mouth, Greekstyle!" Clearly she is a genius of the highest order and deserves this year's Nobel Prize for Bacon Innovation.
How to Eat Spaghetti. "Many non-Italians don’t know how to eat spaghetti. This is true even for the U.S. in spite of the large Italian community." You think you know but maybe you don't! [via Growabrain]
Mei Wah: Eating in Chinese. "Like Calvin Trillin (most famously) and many others, I have never quite
been able to sit down to a meal in a Chinese restaurant without
wondering. Wondering if the Chinese characters on the menu said the
same thing as the alleged English translations. Wondering what goodies
I was missing from the Chinese-only specials board on the wall." The author learned to read enough Chinese to decipher a menu and you can too! [via The Girl Who Ate Everything]