A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue by Patrick Farrell and Kassie Bracken (NY Times): This article, about "flavor tripping" parties where guests ingest an African miracle fruit that makes everything taste sweet, leaves me with many, many questions. Who doesn't think this "Supreme Commander" guy who throws $15-a-person parties sounds like a jackass? Why would anyone want everything to taste sweet? And what ever happened to LSD? The '60s are definitely over, my friends.
Fresh Wave of Home Canners Pump Up the Jam by Kristina Shevory (SF Chronicle): Despite the fact that $10-a-jar jam is obscene, this article about micro-jammers is getting me all worked up about the coming fruit season. My favorite recipe: yellow peach touched up with my friend Anne's homemade grapefruit bitters.
Sweet Deal: High-Fructose Corn Syrup Price vs. Consumption by Marc R. aka Mental Masala (Ethicurian): Yes, that is the most redunkulous byline in foodland, but the author does a great job of finding and displaying his data. The article was inspired by the recent decision that several major soda makers -- Jones and Hansen's Natural -- have made to switch from HFCS to cane sugar, in response to consumer demand.
A Few Too Many by Joan Acocella (New Yorker): The New Yorker admits that it drinks. Sometimes too much.
With the serious journalism out of the way, a few quick bits: