10 New Yorker Food Stories You Should Read Now That They Dropped Their Paywall

Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm was profiled in 2012. You can read it today. For free.
Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm was profiled in 2012. You can read it today. For free.

When news came down yesterday that The New Yorker was temporarily dropping its paywall (for all stories dating back to January 2007), we hit Google right away to find the incredible 2012 profile of secret supper clubs written by Dana Goodyear. The prospect of free, un-metered New Yorker reading? Talk about a rabbit hole. The publication, founded in 1925, has a long established reputation for commissioning lengthy, photo-light, well-sourced and well-funded reported pieces. So, along with its award-winning war correspondence, political hair-splitting and excellent arts criticism, we take particular notice when they write about the world of food — typically highlighted by an annual food issue, released in November. This morning we took a spin around the archives — available for free until the fall — for 10 of our favorite stories in recent memory, presented below with very brief summaries. We admit that we have not read them all. Yet.

1. Check, Please | The challenge of creating a world-class restaurant — and turning a profit. Profile of New York City chef Daniel Humm. Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2012/09/10/check-please-4

2. The Hungry Travellers | Exploring the world through its food. Profile of prolific cookbook writers and insatiable journalists Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2008/11/24/the-hungry-travellers

3. Lunch with M. | Undercover with a Michelin inspector. Reporter examines the secretive world of the Michelin guide, along with quirky hiring practices. Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2009/11/23/lunch-with-m

4. Sharper | Bob Kramer and the secret lives of knives. Profile of the legendary man of steel. Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2008/11/24/sharper

5. The Jefferson Bottles | How could one collector find so much rare fine wine? Very olllllddddddd wine. newyorker.com/magazine/2007/09/03/the-jefferson-bottles

6. Toques from Underground | The rise of the secret supper club. The world is introduced to Craig Thornston, chef of the popular Los Angeles supper club Wolvesmouth. Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2012/12/03/toques-from-underground

7. Funny Food | Is a national joke becoming a national dish? The world is introduced to the quirky Canadian foodstuff called poutine. You may have heard about it? Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2009/11/23/funny-food

8. The Truffle Kid | Supplying fine food in a town where money is no object. Profile of a Las Vegas truffle salesman. Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/16/the-truffle-kid

9. Crunch | Building a better apple. Apples born in test tubes. Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2011/11/21/crunch

10. Three Chopsticks | Does street food make the best cuisine? In 2007, the street food craze is almost upon us. Link: newyorker.com/magazine/2007/09/03/three-chopsticks

via <Food Republic>

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