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News Mon Jul 02 2007

Tribune Taste Challenge

Today's Tempo section of the Chicago Tribune features a front-page spread on Monica Eng's successful consumption of 253 different dishes featured at the Taste of Chicago. Ignoring the annoying mystical food-wisdom flashes from two professional (?) eaters consulted for the ordeal, ahem, challenge, and let-down in the recommendations (only 3 desserts get a shout out?) it's an interesting piece in that car-wreck-can't-look-away kind of way. Thankfully no reporting on purging accompanies the story of the binge, and for the low low price of $1,022 you too could throw down the Taste Gauntlet. Though Monica doesn't seem to imply that you should.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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