A monthly roundup of good reads.
At the end of each month, we’ll share some of the best food writing we’ve come across, including recipes, articles, stories, and interesting essays. May did not disappoint. From Stanley Tucci’s bookmark-worthy essay (with recipes!) to mannequins at restaurants, each of these is worth the read. Enjoy.
1. The Atlantic: Cooking Your Way Through the Pandemic, by Stanley Tucci
Hysterically funny, witty, poignant, smart, reavealing, and true. The inimitable actor Stanley Tucci takes us through an hour-by-hour tour of his quarantine life with his family in London. With recipes. Here’s some sample text:
Felicity enters the kitchen and begs for a Negroni. I gladly make her one, as I hate to drink alone, although I have been known to make near-daily exceptions. And anyway, one is never really drinking alone. Someone else is drinking somewhere. We prepare the children’s dinner: lamb chops, rice, and string beans. I switch to white wine and thank Christ it is evening.
2. Eater.com: Is It Safe to Eat at Restaurants Yet?, by
An excellent, well-researched, and considered piece that tackles all your burning “CAN I STOP COOKING AND GO OUT TO EAT YET?!?!” questions, from whether it is safe to use a restaurant’s utensils and bathrooms, to patio vs. indoor seating, to how many people should be at a table.
3. Taste: The Omelet Is Making Moves, by the editors at Taste
My apologies/you are welcome for getting you sucked into this article. Filled with all kinds of hypnotic links and images (see below), this article talks about how the humble omelet is going trendy and super-creative right now.
4. The Washingtonian: Inn at Little Washington Chef Will Fill His Socially Distanced Dining Room With Midcentury Mannequins, by Ann Limpert
I don’t know whether Michelin-starred celebrity chef Patrick O’Connell’s gambit into social-distance dining will make people run toward or away from The Inn at Little Washington. But I do know that this can only elicit strong reactions either way. I fall on the “that is just creepy” side, and yet . . . I kinda maybe want to check it out?