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


A More Perfect Cream Puff

A love letter to pastry dough written by Dorie Greenspan for the New York Times, including everything you could ever need to know on how to create your best cream puff.

Bleecker Street’s Swerve From Luxe Shops to Vacant Stores

Steven Kuritz at the New York Times details the rise and fall of Bleecker street as the "epicenter of the designer-store revolution." Gentrification and, of all things, cupcakes played a huge role.

If You Wrong a Raven, It Will Remember

Apparently ravens will remember every single terrible thing you have ever done to them, and will never let you forget it. Angela Chen at The Verge tells us all about these grudge-holding birds.

Climate Change is Coming for your Favorite Wine

Don't believe in climate change? Read this article from Eater by Daniela Galarza and then get back to us - vintners around the world are already being affected by it, meaning that your favorite bottle of wine might not be around for much longer.

The 5,000 Year Secret History of the Watermelon

Mark Strauss at National Geographic explains the murky, mysterious history of one of the world's prettiest fruits. Chances are, your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents were eating watermelon long before you started sticking bottles of tequila into yours.

Hot Dogs, the Jewish American Fast Food

Happy 100th anniversary to Nathan's hot dog eating contest! David Mikics profiles the infamous hot dog chain for Tablet - this is a really interesting history of one of America's favorite foods.


American Beauties Column

Dwight Gardner at The New York Times dedicates each column to an "undersung American book of the past 75 years." Great place to learn about the books you didn't read in high school.

The Taste of Conquest by Michael Krondl

Fascinating and beautifully-written history of three cities' obsession with and pursuit of spice, and how this fed into the first wave of globalization.


CHIHULY Exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens

World-renowned artist Dale Chihuly's works are currently on display at the New York Botanical Gardens. Grab an iced coffee and spend the afternoon strolling around the grounds. Now until October 29th.

Dirt Candy Canada Day Cookout

Dirt Candy, one of our favorite restaurants in the city, is celebrating Canada Day right by having an all-vegetarian cookout. How could you say no to hush puppies with maple butter or beet po boys? I doubt you can. July 1st, 5:30PM.

New York Hot Jazz Festival

Full of vegetarian barbecue and ready to hear some music? Head over to the New York Hot Jazz Festival, a day-long event dedicated to all different styles of jazz music happening on multiple stages. Oh, and did we mention it's free? July 1st, 5:00-10:00PM.


Men in Blazers Episode: "With Fauda's Lior Raz"

Lior Raz, creator of the Netflix show Fauda, talks about his past life as an actual undercover operative, and shares his creative process for the show.

Radiolab Episode: "Patient Zero"

One of our favorite Radiolab episodes to date. Learn all about the infamous Typhoid Mary and the molecular history of the AIDS virus.