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What We're Reading This Week: Peking Duck, Paleo Diets, Wrigley Field

Posted by on July 24, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment

As a recent Brooklyn transplant, I've been coming to terms with my own role in the gentrification of New York's most talked about borough. But this article helped convince me that while things are changing fast, Brooklyn still has that dichotomy of old school ruggedness and new school hip that makes my new home so diverse and so wonderful. —Amanda SadlowskiAssistant Editor

Having lived in Beijing for a year, I take Peking duck (and dumplings and noodles and steamed buns) pretty seriously. Thus, I'm happy to endorse this Peking duck primer penned by J. Kenji López-Alt, Serious Eats' resident kitchen wizard, which offers a good introduction to the dish for anyone visiting Beijing for the first time. Want more? He's been documenting his travels through China and Thailand (and posting amazing food photos) over on his personal blogMichael Alan Connelly, Editor,

I found myself extremely moved by Sayed Kashua's piece in The Guardian called "Why I Have to Leave Israel." The Palestinian writer has worked for 25 years trying to change minds, only to face harsh criticism from both sides. His decision to leave for good is crushing for his family, especially his teenage daughter. —Mark Sullivan, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

The New Yorker just launched a lovely website redesign and unlocked the magazine's Croesus-rich vault of content before a new metered paywall goes up this fall. From this week's print magazine, I recommend Elizabeth Kolbert's "Stone Soup," a witty but fact-filled examination of the trendy Paleolithic diet and lifestyle that digs into the history of agriculture and food taboos. Did you know people got shorter after farming began? On the other hand, today's Paleo diet has some bad environmental effects, so I'm still going to enjoy my summer-fresh corn on the cob.—Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

In honor of Wrigley Field's 100th birthday, Sports Illustrated has gone deep into the vault and republished old stories about the Chicago landmark. This piece, a Robert Boyle article from 1958 about Philip Wrigley (who inherited the Cubs and the family business from his father), is a fascinating, well-written profile about a rare breed of celebrity, one who truly shuns the spotlight. Though strikingly modern, Boyle's piece now inspires a wave of nostalgia; describing Wrigley, Cincinnati general manager Gabe Paul said he was "the only owner I ever knew who would vote against his own best interests if he thought it was good for baseball"—hard to imagine that being said about many owners today. —Abbey Chase, Digital Editorial Intern

I loved Caity Weaver's story in Gawker about testing out the new "Endless Appetizers" promotion at TGI Friday's. It's engrossing, if not mouth-watering. I even read the comments. —Caroline Trefler, Senior Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

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