First and foremost for this edition of Read Up On It, kudos and congratulations to Renée Lavallée for taking first place at the 2014 edition of the Gold Medal Plates competition. And happy 40th!
- For the longest time, I often felt alone in my ridiculous, overbearing love of gummy bears. Finally, Christoph Niemann talks about their own love – and issues with – the gummy bear in The New York Times.
- Native to North America, ground cherries/cape gooseberries/physalis are starting to get the love they deserve. Zester Daily looks at these lovely, paper-shelled fruit.
- Now that it’s hunting season in the Maritimes, deer may soon be found on the dinner tables and in the freezers of many people in the area. Hank Shaw looks at the myths and truths surrounding deer fat- to keep, or not to keep, that is the question.
- A group of french chefs are looking to have special dispensation to serve ortolans to customers. This prized small bird is considered to be a delicacy, but some activists say that it is endangered and the practices used in procuring it to be barbaric. Liz Alderman writes about it in The New York Times.
- Also in the Times: Anna North talks about how the latte is an example of how people view conspicuous consumption, as well as politics. North also spoke with KCRW’s Evan Kleiman on Good Food.
- Forget throwing shade, let’s throw meringue: Martha Stewart gives editorial side eye to Gwyneth Paltrow with pies. (via Eater)
- Over at Vox, an examination of how 9,000 years of agriculture have affected the produce we eat. Thankfully, we don’t need a mallet to eat our fruit and veg anymore.
- And last but not least, a great op-ed by a Paris Bistro about why they turn their tables as quickly as they do.