Is the ‘Future of Food’ the Future We Want?

“The draw of a virtual restaurant is that of online shopping: The same products no matter where you are, or sometimes products exclusive to the virtual world. It’s fast food on an even grander scale.”

Source: Eater
Published: Jan 5, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,270 words)

Inside the Secretive, Semi-Illicit, High Stakes World of WhatsApp Mango Importing

“Customs restrictions, high transport costs, and a short shelf life have made the world’s greatest mangoes — grown in Pakistan — difficult to come by in the U.S.”

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 12, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,041 words)

Margaritaville and the Myth of American Leisure

“Margaritaville, as Parrotheads will tell you, is a state of mind. But it’s also—delightfully, sometimes inexplicably—a real place now open in Times Square.”

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 30, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,200 words)

There Has Been Blood

“For more than five decades, the Thai palm oil industry has been marred by rampant exploitation, violence, and corporate greed. Thailand is the world’s No. 3 producer of palm oil.”

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 3, 2021
Length: 25 minutes (6,471 words)

‘We’re at the Crossroads’

“Chefs Russell Jackson and Ian Boden struggled to reconcile their visions of fine dining with their communities’ desires. Now, as they forge a sustainable path beyond the pandemic, one of them is ready to double down, and the other is ready to walk away.”

Source: Eater
Published: Jul 22, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,616 words)

One-Horse Town

“She goes to work, goes home, repeats; the sun rises, the sun sets. In her quiet corner of the world, self-sufficiency and independence are how both she and her customers survive, even thrive. They find pleasure in their work and in the small slices of life shared daily.”

Source: Eater
Published: Mar 31, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,181 words)

The Limits of the Lunchbox Moment

“The story of being bullied in the cafeteria for one’s lunch is so ubiquitous that it’s attained a gloss of fictionality.”

Source: Eater
Published: Feb 8, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)

A Homecoming

“The imagery of veganism propagated by the wellness industry erases the long — and often radical — history of plant-based diets in the Black diaspora.”

Source: Eater
Published: Jan 14, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,810 words)

Life Was Not a Peach

“David Chang’s new memoir grapples with the white-hot fury that defined most of his career. But as an employee on the receiving end of that rage, the book fails to account for trauma he caused me.”

Source: Eater
Published: Dec 21, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,091 words)

Escape from 2020

“Six tales of road tripping, camping, staycationing, and eating during the summer that wasn’t.”

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 19, 2020
Length: 60 minutes (15,000 words)