Weekend Reading: Edible Instagram, Vintage Food Posters, and More

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

• Taking a page from composer, genius, and mushroom-lover John Cage's book, Toronto chef/musician Lisa Myers reminds us that cooking is art, and that the sensory experience of the kitchen is as much aural as gastronomical. —Betsy Andrews

• I'm not sure that my own cache of Instagram food photos are ready for prime time, but plenty of images out there sure are. The clever folks at have curated some of the most luscious food pictures on the web—all created with Instagram's help. (Including #33, from our own Helen Rosner!) —James Oseland

• "Food is a weapon—don't waste it" declares one of the images in Treehugger's roundup of vintage food posters against food waste. Another calls throwing away excess edibles "the greatest crime in Christendom." Riveting, hilarious, and not just a little relevant. —Helen Rosner

• In an article in the Guardian, water scientists warn that we have 40 years to switch to a largely vegetarian diet or face catastrophe. Film critic Roger Ebert suggests that we get used to the idea. —Karen Shimizu

• With the farmers' market still full of eggplants, Luisa Weiss has the perfect little project for this weekend with a recipe for making pickled eggplant on Food52. —Anna Stockwell

• Over at the New York Times, Rachel Swarns reflects on the evolution of culinary traditions across generations. America's multiculturalism is often seen as symbolizing the preservation of immigrant cultures. Swarns takes a moment to give a chorus of voices to the elements of loss that are equally embedded in the "melting pot" experience.—Niki Achitoff-Gray

Pictured: Summer snap peas, from @helenr on Instagram

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