Weekend Reading: Sandwich Art, a Gif Knife Skills Tutorial, Beer Heroes, and More

A look at what we're reading, cooking, and clicking this week

David LaFerriere

• I thought I was pretty lucky in elementary school because my mom put notes in my lunch, but this kid gets a custom illustration on his sandwich bag every day from his graphic designer dad. (The contents, on the other hand, never seem to vary—but I, too, was one of those kids that ate nothing but plain ham sandwiches for years.) —Laura Sant

• Sad news from the cookbook world: Jocasta Innes, the author of the iconic Pauper's Cookbook, died at the age of 78 earlier this week. Ten years ago I picked up a used copy of her 1970 classic—a thoroughly British guide to cooking on a minuscule budget, with chapters like "Padding" and "Dieting on the Cheap," all written in a charming narrative style evocative of Elizabeth David—and it's been a favorite ever since. —Helen Rosner

• Even if you already know your stuff, this Gif knife tutorial over on First We Feast is pretty fun to click through (and if you're looking to learn something, it's informative too). —Cory Baldwin

• Though it runs the risk of being too cute, I couldn't help but enjoy this "review" of Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco. The critique is told through a slideshow that includes each dish that was eaten, along with reaction shots of the author's 4-year-old pal, Desmond, plus quotes and captions. Some of these are priceless. —Gabriella Gershenson

• I knew nothing of Jack McAuliffe before reading this article in Men's Journal, but he's now a hero of mine. In 1976, when bland lagers from Budweiser, Stroh's, and Schlitz dominated the beer market, McAuliffe, a Navy veteran, fought back by brewing the pale ales, porters and stouts he loved when stationed in Scotland out of his New Albion brewery in northern California. Now the Boston Beer Company (makers of Samuel Adams) is paying tribute to McAuliffe by reissuing his New Albion Ale. I can't wait to pop one open. —Keith Pandolfi

• Le Bernardin, Momofuku, the Batali and Bastianich Group, and 100 other New York City restaurants have just joined up with the Mayor's Office on The Food Waste Challenge, with the goal to reduce food waste in landfills through composting and other initiatives. As someone who loves to eat and garden and hates waste, I am very psyched about this! —Betsy Andrews