American Pie

On a decade-old family ritual, in which a Chinese woman and her visiting Chinese-American granddaughter make a pilgrimage to Pizza Hut to share a Hawaiian pizza.

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 27, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,133 words)

The Gulp War

An insider look at the “Academy Awards of Water” — held in West Virginia, a state where many lack clean tap water — where judges rank the taste of a substance whose main characteristic is tastelessness.

Source: Eater
Published: Jul 24, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,532 words)

A Kickback Grows in Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s historically Black neighborhoods Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy are now some of America’s most gentrified zip codes. Three new Black-owned bars are protecting space for Black residents and culture: Sisters, Ode to Babel, and Bed Vyne Brew.

Author: Muna Mire
Source: Eater
Published: Apr 18, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,987 words)

The Myth of Authenticity Is Killing Tex-Mex

It isn’t all sour cream and cheese. It isn’t just for white people. Don’t treat it like a joke. Tex-Mex is a distinct regional food tradition, and it deserves respect and wider appreciation, especially now that many traditional mom-and-pop forms of it are endangered.

Source: Eater
Published: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,827 words)

The Case Against Tipping

Data shows how tipping in the restaurant industry fosters sexual harrassment, labor exploitation and racial profiling, and it widens the opportunity gap. Then again, anyone who’s worked in food service can tell you that. Why is America so committed to this damaging practice?

Source: Eater
Published: Feb 22, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,555 words)

How Protein Conquered America

Protein has come to seem like America’s one safe nutritious snack, but are protein mega-doses in processed food like Muscle Milk really good for you?

Source: Eater
Published: Feb 12, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,472 words)

The Extinction of the Early Bird

The early bird is the culinary extension of Florida retirees’ early bird lives, a predictable, routine meal perfect for building a night life around before heading to bed by 7:30. Unfortunately, like Florida’s Everglades, it’s endangered.

Source: Eater
Published: Jan 29, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,070 words)

Christ in the Garden of Endless Breadsticks

Helen Rosner’s loving ode to Olive Garden, another chapter in Eater’s Death of Chains series on the slow decline of middlebrow chain restaurants.

Source: Eater
Published: Oct 3, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Burned Out

How did hot chicken, a dish that 10 years ago, was barely known even just a few miles outside of Nashville, become a craze that has spawned many imitators?

Source: Eater
Published: Sep 21, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,064 words)

The Japanese Origins of Modern Fine Dining

How kaiseki — Japan’s formal dining tradition — became a major (though often unacknowledged) influence on modern haute cuisine.

Source: Eater
Published: Sep 7, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,977 words)