Weekend Reading: Blood Cake, A $460 Meal & More
A look at what we're reading, cooking, and eating this weekend.
Enlarge Image Credit: Lauren Rock/NPR Over on NPR.org, I was caught off guard by a shockingly gory blood cake [pictured] cooked up by Peter Ogburn, who tested it along with other offal recipes for a "Blood and Guts"-themed Halloween dinner for his two young boys, with surprisingly positive results. —Cory Baldwin
What is it that we're really paying for when we drop a lot of money on a special meal? After trying the $460, 19-course tasting menu at Frantzén/Lindeberg in Stockholm, writer Julian Baggiani mulls it over in a thoughtful essay published by Aeon. —Karen Shimizu
I'm not going to pretend I have the attention span to make tiny, perfect, Halloween-themed cheese crackers (ghosts with tiny black-sesame eyes! I can't handle the cuteness), but I'm really happy that SassyRadish is on the job. If anyone else wants to make them, though, I'm in for the eating part. —Helen Rosner
There's nothing quite like the aroma of spruce trees while walking through a snowy Maine forest. Sometimes, you just want to drink it all in. And according to an article by Wayne Curtis in the current Atlantic Monthly, you actually can. I plan on ordering a bottle of spruce-infused gin this weekend in hopes that the fragrant gin and tonics it produces will become my go-to drink this holiday season. —Keith Pandolfi
Has food replaced art as our culture's primary form of expressing values? Over on The Opinion Pages of The New York Times, William Deresiewcz makes a fascinating case that it has indeed begun to do so, and warns that this may be a dangerous confusion to make. —Anna Stockwell
I'd never thought of caramelizing pumpkin puree until I saw this recipe for caramelized pumpkin pudding over on Apt. 2B Baking Co. and now I can't wait to try it out. —Anna Stockwell