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'Portlandia' Gets Two-Season Pickup; McSweeney's Seeks Recipe Testers

Plus, a deeper dive into diner culture.

FOOD TV— IFC's delightful sketch comedy show Portlandia has been renewed for a sixth and seventh season: Variety reports co-creators/stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will be back for two 10-episode seasons that will hopefully continue to poke fun at raw milk drinkingsmoothie making, and molecular gastronomy. Season five is airing now. [Variety]

BOOK CLUB— Acclaimed San Francisco publishing imprint McSweeney's will soon unleash its third cookbook — the Chinese-food-focused All Under Heaven — and has issued an open call for volunteer recipe testers. Per an online announcement, selected recipe testers/guinea pigs will get "an exclusive preview of a recipe from the book, a coupon for a preorder discount, and you'll provide us with essential feedback to make sure no errors sneak by us and ruin your next dinner party." Interested parties can sign-up here. [EaterWire]

AUDIO INTERLUDE— On the latest episode of the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour... Half Hour (on the Heritage Radio Network), Eater at the Movies contributor Joshua David Stein goes more in-depth about the diner's role in American coming-of-age stories, a topic he explored during a Classics Week review of American Graffiti. Listen in as Stein chats with historian Jan Whitaker about why "it's mostly boys in these coming-of-age settings," and why the dingy diner has stood the test of time. [HRN]

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