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 - let us know what you’re up to at


Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA Shows

In news that should surprise nobody, it turns out that cats didn't domesticate themselves until they damn well felt like it. Casey Smith at National Geographic explains how genetic testing proves that cats have always done what they want, when they want.

Pitas, Pride and Prejudice

Leil Leibovitz over at Tablet writes about the Middle Eastern food craze happening in New York, and how its one of many cuisines that globalization has affected.

More Than Magic Mushrooms: Playing With Food in Video Games

Why is there so much food imagery and strategy in video games? Chris Mohney at Serious Eats explains.

Revealed in Israel, a 2,600-Year-Old Request for Wine

On a piece of pottery that was discovered by archaeologists in 1965, there's an inscription from a solider named Hananyahu that says "Send more wine." That's an amazing priority. Read about it over at The New York Times.

How the South Cornered the Soda Market

Some of the biggest soft-drink companies originated in the South. Robert Moss at Serious Eats gives a detailed history of how so many of these companies ended up there.

Ken’s New Look(s), Deconstructed

The Ken doll has undergone a major transformation, which includes a trendy man-bun. Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times gives us a rundown. 

Meet the Man Who Fled the Taliban and Opened a Thriving Deli

This article by Lars Hinnerskov Eriksen at Munchies profiles a man named Abdul Hamid Noorzae, who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan and now runs a successful deli in Denmark. Noorzae's journey is the reality for an increasing number of people fleeing danger and terrorism in their home countries.

Before Croissants, There Was Kubaneh, A Jewish Yemeni Delight

Learn all about Kubaneh, a Jewish Yemeni bread that falls in between a Parker House roll and a croissant, with Tejal Rao at The New York Times.

Fine (Kosher) Dining

Jenna Weissman Joselit at Tablet talks about the obstacles, both economic and cultural, facing modern kosher restaurants.


4th of July in NYC Guide from Time Out New York

Going to be in NYC for July 4th weekend? Check out this guide from Time Out New York to find all kinds of things to do for all kinds of interests.

Bastille Day on 60th Street

On Sunday, July 9th, celebrate Bastille Day (the day commemorating the Storming of the Bastille) at the 60th Street Festival. From noon-5:00 PM, eat French food, listen to French music and pretend you live in France!

Indecent on Broadway

Now staying on Broadway until August 6th, Indecent tells the story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholom Asch's God of Vengeance.


Serious Eats’ Nacho Generator

In the mood for nachos but need some guidance or inspiration? Head on over to Serious Eats and use their Nacho Generator, something you will never be able to go without again.