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Whole Foods Prices Continue to Creep Back Up Post-Amazon Takeover

Plus, free gift cards at Starbucks and more food news

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• Are you goth enough to eat this pitch-black convenience store fried chicken? Only available in Japan, of course.

• Much ado has been made about price cuts at Whole Foods post-Amazon takeover, but prices keep creeping back up. An analyst found that prices have actually risen 1 percent since September, largely due to fewer items being put on sale.

• You know your book was a hit when it pops up as a Jeopardy! clue, as was recently the case for Matt Goulding’s 2015 deep dive into Japan’s food culture, Rice Noodle Fish:

• Ahead of Thursday’s Season 15 debut, here’s a look at sexism on Top Chef over the years. (Spoiler: The Bravo series has come a long way since Season 1.)

Cheesecake Factory coffee creamer is now a thing.

New technology available in 2017 and 2018 GM vehicles allows drivers to order a latte from Starbucks or chicken wings from Wingstop, or book a table at Applebee’s, among other tasks. Unsurprisingly, safe driving advocates are none too pleased.

• Starbucks “elves” will hand out $1 million in free gift cards across the country this holiday season.

• A Florida brewery is releasing a Krispy Kreme doughnut beer.

• Arby’s is apparently plotting to buy more than just Buffalo Wild Wings.

• Peer-reviewed food journal Gastronomica is looking for a new editor.

• Hey look, wine glasses made out of actual cheese! Too bad they’re $5,000.

• Here’s comedy genius Kate McKinnon explaining why sometimes it’s totally fine to eat out of the garbage (paging George Costanza):