Welcome to Bakers Dozen! Each week we share with you what we’re reading, listening to, seeing and doing. While a lot of this stuff will be about or related to food, we also like to read about other goings-on in the world. We’d love to know what you find interesting, too - let us know what you’re up to at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The brilliant BraveTart teaches you how to make the most perfect layer cake possible in this guide from Serious Eats. No delicious stone is left unturned.
Tahira Hairston at Complex talks about Harlem legend Dapper Dan and the genesis of the logomania trend. Super interesting read about how fashion is influenced, and who needs to pay homage to who.
Khalid Salaam at Food52 explores the rise of gentrification in Harlem through its new food trends and restaurants. Food enthusiasts and ethnographers alike will find this an absorbing read.
Julie Jargon at the Wall Street Journal explores how Panera became the most tech-savvy chain in America, and how it cut its wait time for its customers down from 8 minutes to 1. The wonders of technology now allow you to get that bread bowl at lightening speed.
Another article from Julie Jargon on how that sad desk lunch you've been taking is actually a trend - and its hurting the restaurant industry in unprecedented ways.
Apparently grilled cheese sandwiches have a pH level, and Alex Swerdloff at Vice uses lots of fancy science words to show you why that's important.
Did you know there was a lemon war between Argentina and America? Neither did we. Apparently it just ended this week, and The Economist teaches us all about it.
Now a movie adapted for screen by HBO, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a woman who's cells were taken unknowingly in the name of scientific research, and ended up being one of the most important tools in modern medicine. The book reads like a novel and is both heartbreaking and thrilling at the same time.
Peggy Orenstein writes about the new sexual landscape facing modern teenage and college-aged girls. An essential read for girls this age, parents of girls this age and anyone who works with girls this age.
Should we send out a message for potential aliens to hear? Could that message bring about our demise? A group of British scientists held a conference to answer these very strange but very interesting questions.
A phenomenal podcast about comedians sharing their history and struggle with depression.
Before I listened to this episode of Radiolab, I'd never heard of jury nullification. In this episode, the hosts delve into its origins and share stories on how it's affected the modern judicial system. It's sort of mind-blowing and well-worth a listen.
With this plug-in, every new tab you open in Google Chrome will show you a piece of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that has a cat in it. Highly recommended.