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Pumpkin Spice Overload, Ina Garten, and More Weekend Long Reads

A roundup of worthy weekend reading material.

BCN in LA.
BCN in LA.
Wonho Frank Lee

Power Of Sour: How Tart Is Reclaiming Turf From Sweet

But what really made sugar ubiquitous, Shields believes, was Prohibition. "The merriness and revelry of the social world evaporated overnight and people turned to sugar instead of alcohol," he says. Around that time, sweet-sour cherries and strawberries — fruits beloved for 400 years — died a quick and silent death. In their place came a procession of berries bred for sweetness.

Enough With the Pumpkin Spice, America. It's Getting embarrassing.
Washington Post

We are beyond the point of peak levels of pumpkin spice. We aren't even on the mountain peak anymore. We are at stratospheric levels of pumpkin spice. Without significant policy interventions, our country's pumpkin spice industrial complex shows no signs of slowing down.

Dick Cantwell's Beer Is Immortal
Seattle Met

Brewer Kevin Forhan, whose gray stubble and wry drawl is more Deadwood than GoT, told the audience Cantwell can be "prickly and kind of scary." Naked City owner Don Webb lamented Cantwell's lack of facial hair, calling the brewer "a little drunken 12-year-old."

Ina Garten Does it Herself

There is something that Ina Garten knows about what we want, or who we want to be, or how we want to feel. "There isn't a letter, there isn't a recipe, there's no photograph, there isn't a font, there isn't a color, there isn't a detail that I don't totally do myself," Ina said, so that's how it's done.

Mothers, Children, and Off-Limits Kitchens
Paste Magazine

She did not know how or where to buy meat and produce. She did not know how to season or roast or bake. She was a broken link in an endless chain of mothers before her who had guided their daughters in the kitchen. She could pour tea like a lady, but she did not know how to boil water.