Industry Reads & Recs

Stuff that makes us think, laugh, and marvel at the musical taste of millions.

Brown and black chipmunk nibbling on a piece of bread.
What do you mean, it's an hour wait for a table? I see any empty one right there! Let me talk to your manager! / Marina Verina ©

Here’s what we’re spending our time reading, watching and listening to while we’re still in that post-election haze.

Bartending while black isn’t new. Take a deep dive into the fascinating story of bitters, bartending and Blackness in the early 19th century.

Forget that flake you met on the dating apps. Is it okay for your favorite restaurant to ghost you?

Has the pandemic driven us all to the brink? Who cares, when the results are this adorable?

Did the Scorpions’ whistle-centric power ballad from 1990 really help topple authoritarian eastern European governments? And was the CIA the song’s ghostwriter (if so, we’d frankly expect better)? Find out on this podcast.

Season four of the Bourdain-inspired travelogue from the shorts-wearing, Jewish joke-cracking Phil Rosenthal is now available on Netflix.

What are you obsessed with? We’re always on the lookout for interesting books, articles, websites, podcasts, movies or TV shows—they don’t even have to be food-related. Let us know at


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