The Coolest Place to Drink Is Your Local Bookstore

Wild Child in Somerville, Massachusetts | Carlie Febo

New takes on the classic college-town genre offer guests the chance to curate reading lists, sip natural wines, and eat great food

A bookstore with a bar is easily one of mankind’s best inventions, up there with polar fleece and those potato chips that taste like ham. There’s usually a big chair, and if you do it right, you can read for hours while sipping a coffee or a glass of wine. However, bookstore bars have usually been bookstores first: The coffee is serviceable, the wine probably comes from a bag of Franzia, and the snacks tend to be mass-produced or just mediocre.

But in the past few years, a new generation of operators has rewritten the story of what a bookstore bar can be by making the food and drinks as much of a draw as the book selection. If what … Read more

Pre-cut cantaloupe determined to be cause of Salmonella Javiana outbreak

The FDA has quietly announced that cut cantaloupe is behind an outbreak of Salmonella Javiana infections. The CDC remains mum on the topic.

In a weekly update, the Food and Drug Administration added two words to a line item about the Salmonella Javiana outbreak — cut cantaloupe. The outbreak has sickened at least 65 people but the FDA has not revealed what states the people live in.

The FDA reports that as of Jan. 13 the outbreak has ended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not released any information about the outbreak despite the FDA has identified the probable cause. The FDA has not reported information regarding the patients’ ages or illness onset dates. Neither did the agency report whether there were any hospitalizations or deaths in the outbreak.

According to information released by the FDA in December 2021, fresh-cut fruit from Taylor Cut Produce, which was eventually … Read more

Emmy-Winning Docuseries ‘The Migrant Kitchen’ Widens Scope to the Entire Nation

Antonio Diaz | The Migrant Kitchen

The PBS series highlights innovative chefs across the U.S. who’ve been inspired by the immigrant experience

You might not immediately associate Portland, Oregon, with Russian food. Likewise, agricultural sustainability is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the fight for independence in Puerto Rico. That will change, however, after you watch The Migrant Kitchen, the PBS SoCal award-winning docuseries that’s dedicated to exploring and celebrating the chefs who are inspired by their cultures’ oft ignored foodways.

Previously focused on cooking only in California, season four of The Migrant Kitchen widens with episodes based in Brooklyn, New York; Houston; Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon, and Puerto Rico.

On Wednesday, KCET — the California PBS affiliate that produced the series with food publication Life and Thyme — announced:

Combining traditional cuisines and a fusion of flavors and techniques, the new

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Court will likely name food safety expert Lapsley to sort out the Amos Miller mess

Food safety expert George D. Lapsley is in line for the court’s appointment to sort out the mess known as the Amos Miller matter.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Gregory B. David and Gerald B. Sullivan proposed naming Lapsley as an expert in the case to assist the court by 1.) monitoring whether defendants are complying with the court’s enforcement orders, 2.) helping to facilitate specific provisions in those orders, 3.) submitting written reports, and 4.) providing testimony.

The motion, filed in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, asks anyone to show why Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm should not be held in further contempt of the court’s November 2019 Injunction Order and April 2020 Consent Decree, and the July 22, 2021, Contempt Sanctions order.

They’re asking federal Judge Edward Smith to consider appointing Lapsley as the court’s expert, saying he is widely known to the parties. Miller … Read more

‘Influencer Network’ the FeedFeed Hit With Lawsuit Alleging Workplace Racism and Sexism


Filed by two women of color who formerly worked at the FeedFeed, the lawsuit alleges a hostile work environment, unequal pay, and “horrific mistreatment”

Even if the FeedFeed cooking website and social media accounts are unfamiliar to you, its aesthetic has surely infiltrated your Instagram or Pinterest: endless pictures of glimmering pasta and molten cheese pulls, all under the #feedfeed hashtag, which has collected more than 19 million photos on Instagram. Your favorite food influencer has probably collaborated with the FeedFeed account, been featured on it, or promoted the hashtags in pursuit of a boost in followers and visibility.

But according to a lawsuit filed on January 4 in the Eastern District of New York, and related reporting by the Washington Post, things might not be all glitzy food pics and cutesy hashtags at the FeedFeed. To understand what happened at the FeedFeed, where two staff members of … Read more