— Remember when the Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain stole second base during Game 1 of the World series? No? Well, that show of athleticism won Americans a free breakfast at Taco Bell, and now the chain is paying up. This Thursday, Taco Bell will serve up free A.M. Crunchwraps at all of its U.S. locations. The deal is good between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. local time.
— Questlove is working on a book that focuses on cooking and creativity. Dubbed Somethingtofoodabout, the book now has a cover:
— Who knew the 2016 Super Bowl would be played in Flavortown? That must be the case, because human bowling shirt mannequin Guy Fieri will bring the heat at the Players 2016 Super Bowl Tailgate. No word yet on the menu, but one has to imagine there will be plenty of donkey sauce.
— Noma My Perfect Storm tells the story of Danish chef René Redzepi and his fight to the top of his profession. The documentary has hit some road blocks due to production delays, but it's on track to premiere this month in New York. A wider release could be in the cards, too, because Magnolia Pictures has acquired the rights to the film.
— New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman is stepping away from his keyboard, and his final assignment for the Old Gray Lady tells the story of Roman pizza in Pittsburgh. As Bittman explains, filing his final column from the Steel City shows how far America's restaurant scene has come during his career: "This will be my last Eat column. When I started writing it, I never would have guessed that it would end in Pittsburgh. That it does confirms that good food here is hardly limited to a couple of smug metropolitan areas, and validates my feeling that cooking in the United States is as interesting as it is anywhere in the world. That change began some time ago, but it has accelerated in the past five years and will only continue. I'm glad to have been able to witness it."