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In case you missed them, here are the top stories from the week in Eater:


Recapping the week in Eater: News came on Friday that Universal Studios will be expanding the area around The Simpsons Ride at its Universal Orlando Resort in Florida into a full-on Springfield replica this Summer. Which means things like a real-life Duff Brewery, Krusty Burger, and Moe's Tavern. Eater National's features editor Amy McKeever was on the scene at Mesamérica in Mexico City. Here are the daily recaps: day one, day two, and day three. Also don't miss the Q&A with chefs David Chang, Daniel Patterson, and Massimo Bottura.

Amy's Baking Company madness continued. Owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo gave a super-defensive interview, and they canceled a press conference after getting legal threats from Fox. The restaurant relaunched on Tuesday, but then it turned out that Samy Bouzaglo is facing deportation.

On the book and cookbook front, there was a first look at Franny's of Brooklyn, John Besh announced his third book, and Magnus Nilsson announced a book that will be a comprehensive look at Nordic cuisine. Also a new photo book from Nathan Myhrvold: The Photography of Modernist Cuisine. In food TV, Zero Point Zero announced a second season of The Mind of a Chef, but this time with chefs Sean Brock and April Bloomfield. And Saturday Night Live bid farewell to club kid Stefon.

On the food media front: critic Tejal Rao resigned from the Village Voice, Grub Street shut down all its non-NYC sites, and Gilt Taste shuttered. And the Association of Food Journalists posted the list of finalists in its annual awards.

Finally, Eater presented four Young Guns semi-finalists: Peter Roumanis (Vellum, Ann Arbor); Alyssa DiPasquale (O Ya, Boston); Jeremy Hoffman (Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA); and Doug Constantiner (Societe Brewing Co, San Diego)

Here now, the top stories from the week in Eater:

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