Dumplings: Literally every person loves them! So, as a person, I was thrilled to see NPR take on the history of dumplings and how great they are. Click through to read about how dumplings came to be all over the world, including one food historian's assertion that prehistoric man was probably eating dumplings, based maybe entirely on the fact that dumplings are "fun." (Note to self: write up change.org petition to get this guy designated Food Historian Laureate.)
- Speaking of history, Fast Company's Co.Design blog has an awfully thorough history of ketchup, with an eye toward learning why a bottle of ketchup looks the way it does. There's a lot of stuff in there about smoldering vats of certain death, and physics, and our relationship to tomatoes— which happen to be three of my top five personal markers of A Surefire Good Read.
- If you eat a lot of blue box mac and cheese, you might want to give a look at this list of "genius mac and cheese hacks" from HuffPo. More likely scenario: if your breaks from work often involve snickering at the internet's extremely low bar for what constitutes "genius," you might also like to click through. Spoiler: Things get mixed into mac and cheese, and then college kids say things like "This could easily pass as a gourmet dish,” and you'll kind of laugh except for the fact that a lot of places really are selling things flavored with Dorito dust for like $15+ now. Speaking of Doritos, one of the "hacks" adds Dorito crumbs and iceberg lettuce, and is consequently dubbed "Mexican mac and cheese" by someone who got into Princeton.
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