“He is not fat, but the job stands between him and leanness: he can’t turn down food. ‘My body is not my own.'” The New Yorker’s Ian Parker on the unique job of making or breaking restaurants as the NYT food critic. Pete Wells Has His Knives Out.

+ “Bear with me. This isn’t some smug tirade against a widely beloved populist icon. Nor is it about to become some semi-precious ode to the important myth status of mass consumer goods. I don’t have a horse in this race. I’m just setting up how I lived twenty-four years without ever trying Coke, or any cola for that matter.” From Eater: The 24-Year-Old Coca-Cola Virgin.