An Orchard in a Bottle, at 80 Proof by Eric Asimov (New York Times): The Times' drinks columnist profiles Portland's Clear Creek Distillery. Warning to you newfangled cocktail makers: Distiller Stephen R. McCarthy hates you.
Pensive Deviled Eggs? Irate Gazpacho? by Regina Schrambling (LA Times): MIT genius Hugo Liu believes artificial intelligence will replace recipe writers someday. After reading the piece, I had to reread this Salon post to cheer me back up.
COOL or Not by Stephanie Beechem (Culinate): A status report on the the progress of country-of-origin labeling, an initiative that keeps getting stalled in Congress, yet more proof that popular interests always lose out to those of industrial agriculture.
Coated Pots and Pans Can Present Health Hazards by Tom Watson (Seattle Times): Something to consider next time you go pot shopping. Having written about Teflon before, I bet you $50 the Times will be running a letter from the coated-pot-industry press rep within days.
I think I drank my coffee extra bitter this morning. Time for an attitude adjustment: