A look at what we're reading, cooking, and eating this weekend.
• Over on The Bitten Word, Zach and Clay have me completely convinced to add a sorghum-sweetened chocolate pecan pie
to my Thanksgiving dessert menu this year. —Anna Stockwell
• Did Neanderthals season their food? Using mankind's most basic cooking arsenal—fire, meat, and a chunk of waterlogged oak—science writer Matt Kaplan explores the question
over at Intelligent Life magazine. —Karen Shimizu
• How many unique last names are there in the reservation database at Chicago's three-Michelin-star Alinea? The restaurant posed the question on their Facebook page—offering prizes for the closest guesses—and one enterprising statistician compiled all the guesses and pulled some surprisingly interesting data out of it
. (Spoiler alert: the actual number is 23,980.) —Helen RosnerSee more links »