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With a long weekend ahead of us, here are some of the most compelling, informative, and surprising stories to come out of the food world this week.

Elisabeth Sherman
February 16, 2018

This week, history, pop culture, sports, and politics writers tackled the way people eat, drink, dine, and farm. A previously lost strain of rice gets rediscovered in Trinidad. A group of farmers in Arkansas go toe-to-toe with one of the biggest food corporations on the planet. Restaurant critics reconsider their roles in the wake of mounting allegations of abuse against chefs.

These deep dives into how food figures into entertainment, athletics, and even the darkest periods of our history only go to show that how and what people eat aftects every aspect of our culture. With a long weekend ahead of us, here are some of the most compelling, informative, and surprising stories to come out of the food world this week.

The NBA’s Secret Wine Society” – ESPN magazine

Baxter Holmes dives into the NBA’s storied obsession with expensive wine.

Finding a Lost Strain of Rice and the Clues to Slave Cooking – New York Times

Kim Severson traces the origins of hill rice, a grain cooked by slaves in the American south, from Trinidad to South Carolina.

The Moral Responsibility of Restaurant Critics in the Age of #MeToo” – New Yorker

Helen Rosner examines how critics approach reviewing restaurants owned and operated by chefs who have been excused of assault and abuse.

The Problem with Cashless Restaurants” – Eater

Melissa McHart weighs in on the pros and cons of restaurants that decide to go cash-free.

How Salt Bae, Restaurateur, Spends His Sundays,” – New York Times

Luise Ferre-Saduri reveals social media phenomena Nusret Gokce’s workout routine, breakfast of choice, and why his signature move is a work of art.

The Brilliance of the Cheesesteak Scene in Creed” – The Ringer

Robert Mays connects an intimate dinner scene in the Rocky-remake to Ryan Coogler’s newest masterpiece, Black Panther.

These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack” – NPR The Salt                                  When a small group of Arkansas farmers decided to a ban a chemical that was ruining their crops, they never expected they’d be sued by Monsanto, writes Dan Charles.