David Chang on Frank Bruni
Hsiao-Ching Chou on Pork Belly
"They call me Pork Boy, and as far as I'm concerned, the Year of the Pig couldn't have come at a better time. At long last, after decades of abuse, my favorite meat is once again getting a little love."
Russ Parsons on Pig
"One common complaint was sore throats, known in the community as, of course, sword throats..... One individual, perhaps trying to work up to the full-size sword, wound up having 'a bread knife removed transabdominally.' Which easily beats having a bread knife inserted transabdominally."
Scientific American on Sword Swallowing
"Unveil a storefront anywhere in Manhattan with tables and chairs set up inside and I guarantee you that within half an hour somebody will be knocking at the door asking what kind of restaurant you have and when it's going to open. Half an hour after that, it'll be on restaurantnerd.com."
Colman Andrews on Restaurant Openings
"Where the saintly Julia Child sought to raise expectations, to enlighten us, make us better -- teach us -- and in fact, did, Rachael uses her strange and terrible powers to narcotize her public with her hypnotic mantra of Yummo and Evoo and Sammys."
Anthony Bourdain on Rachael Ray
"If you must describe the Van Loveren 2001 limited edition Merlot as being "chocolately," does it mean that chocolate tastes like the Van Loveren Merlot? And if we like the Merlot on account if its tasting like chocolate, why don’t we eat chocolate instead of drinking wine?"
Colin Bower on Wine Writing
"In an age of nervous food sanctimony and celebrity-chef endorsement, Picard, with his five-day stubble, black-eyed intensity and untrammelled appetite, provides welcome relief. Next to him, the carnivorous Batali looks like a pussy."