Smithsonian magazine's annual Food Issue is out now; do check out the crocheted takeout box on the cover at right. The issue features stories on "Why You Like What You Like," America's oldest candy store, "Dinner on the Moon," and more. Three of the features are available online:
· Food writer Mary Roach heads to the annual Naga King Chili-Eating Competition in northeast India and returns with tales of chiliheads and spice-driven insanity.
· Food writer and former New York Times critic Mimi Sheraton shares ten "epiphanies," including "the single best meal of [her] life" at Chez L'Ami Louis in Paris in 1979.
· And finally, Michael Pollan and Ruth Reichl discuss the nebulous concept of "American Food" at Bell & Anchor in Great Barrington, Massachussetts.