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)

Sacrifice and Hope on Eid al-Adha

“Eid al-Adha is a mirage in the middle of the harsh desert of the Turkish spirit, a vision of the unified Turkey that we all wish existed.”

Source: Eater
Published: Sep 1, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

The White Lies of Craft Culture

How the artisanal-food movement has built its success by appropriating — and erasing — the labor of people of color.

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 17, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,886 words)

Judith Jones, In Her Own Words

The prolific editor, who was an early champion of Anne Frank’s diary, Julia Child’s cookbooks, and many other notable works of the past half-century, passed away today.

Source: Eater
Published: Sep 23, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,993 words)

Slop Machines

In the world capital of decadence, one Las Vegas “farm” has built an empire monetizing buffet waste, and its porcine feedback loop keeps the masses gorging.

Source: Eater
Published: May 16, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,021 words)

The Top 25 Food Moments From “Seinfeld”

Food — from the infamous chocolate babka to the “big salad” — figures heavily in the popular ’90s sitcom, Seinfeld. Eater offers 25 Seinfeld food “favorites, ranked based on their influence on pop culture, accuracy at mirroring real life, and overall hilarity.”

Source: Eater
Published: Apr 17, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,004 words)

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Get by with a Lot of Unpaid Labor

Behind every celebrity chef, an army of eager, uncompensated stagiaires.

Source: Eater
Published: Apr 13, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,745 words)

Tokyo Plays Itself

From butler cafes and cat cafes to dinners eaten in front of robots, Tokyo offers visitors a range of over-the-top, touristy experiences as beloved for their camp as their escapism, but what does the city’s themed experiences reveal about its unique psyche? Does it have to mean anything at all?

Source: Eater
Published: Feb 21, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,701 words)

Fiction Confidential

Before he became the patron saint of every tattooed-chef-in-a-gentrifying-neighborhood, Anthony Bourdain wrote novels. What can they tell us about the man behind the bad-boy persona?

Source: Eater
Published: Jan 25, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,333 words)

I Work in the Restaurant Industry. Obamacare Saved My Family’s Life.

Baker Allison Robicelli on the difficulty of offering insurance (or being insured) in the service industry, and how the Affordable Care Act started to change things — and saved her and her husband’s lives.

Source: Eater
Published: Jan 12, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,532 words)