Morning Grind

Most-Read Stories of the Morning Grind: January 6-10, 2014

By on January 12, 2014 6:00am EST

Our daily morning roundup of food-related fare from around the web.

For the first time in 100 years, chicken is more popular than beef. According to Priceonomics, the annual chicken consumption per capita has risen from under 20 pounds in 1909 to above 60 (!) in 2012 (the most recent survey). At the same time, the consumption of beef dropped from a high of 80 pounds per person to just under 60 pounds in 2012.

I’d be interested to hear of any consequences on feed lot-style cattle raising.


Iceland doesn’t treat cetaceans the way most of the world wants them to be treated. Like Japan and Norway, Iceland has continued to hunt fin and minkewhales in defiance of an international moratorium on the practice. It’s not a challenge to find a restaurant serving whale meat in the capital city of Reykjavík. With all this in mind, is it really surprising that Iceland’s whaling business has recently teamed up with a brewery to produce “whale beer”?

C’mon, son.


Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have signed a cookbook deal with Clarkson Potter to write the official Portlandia Cookbook, which will have 50 recipes presented through the show’s various hyper-local-conscious and small-batch, handcrafted-food-obsessed characters. 



Ever felt you’ve overstayed your welcome in a cafe, by reading, working or surfing the web while hugging the latte you bought two hours ago? Pay-per-minute cafes could be the answer. Ziferblat, the first UK branch of a Russian chain, has just opened in London (388 Old Street), where “everything is free inside except the time you spend there”. The fee: 3p a minute.

What an interesting concept.



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