WFAEats

With all the food and drink books already stretching around the world’s waistline, do we really need more of them?

Of course we do. And each year, fall heralds the release of a brand new crop. Here’s a handful of the books worth digging into.

It's pumpkin spice season. This is Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte.
Courtesy of Starbucks

In case you missed it, we’re smack in the middle of the year’s most contentious season.

No, not election season – pumpkin spice season.

Marcu Loachim / Flickr

Is there anything sadder than a bowl of beautiful peaches that just won’t ripen? 

Woodmill Winery

If you want to immerse yourself in a “full-bodied” grape experience, now’s your chance. The annual Grape Stomp Festival is happening this weekend.

If you’re a person who cooks without recipes, you can probably just skip this entire discussion.

But the rest of us have reached overload. We’ve got recipes falling out of our kitchen drawers, in-boxes – even our phones. In a world where Google returns more than 17 million hits for “apple pie recipe,” how can we possibly keep track of the ones we love and the ones we’d someday like to try?

A banana split.
Thomas Kohler / Flickr / Creative Commons

Sandwiched in between July 4th and Labor Day, there’s not much to celebrate in August – unless you’re a fan of good food and drink. Then it’s 31 days of eating, sipping, and slurping. 

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In a trend we can describe as “out of the frying pan; into the fire,” our country’s discord has poured out of the hallowed halls of politics and into the world of restaurants.

You’ve no doubt heard about the incident at the Red Hen in Lexington, Va. That’s where White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went to dine back in June. Restaurant owner Stephanie Wilkinson, in a show of support for her gay staffers, asked Sanders to leave and cited the current administration’s policies as the reason.

Was that just a blip, an accident of timing?

carrot salad for WFAEats
Noah Fecks

Welcome to the summer doldrums. It’s too hot to cook. We’re bored with burgers and ho-hum hot dogs. We’re drowning in seas of zucchini.

So it’s time to step away from the stove, pour yourself a cold beverage, and kick back with this six-pack of recently released books.

If you're new to Charlotte -- say, within the last 200 years or so -- you may not know about the city's former reputation as "A Very Trifling Place."

Yes, the city of booming business was once considered to be nothing special. President George Washington visited in 1791 as part of a southern tour following the Revolutionary War. It was he who made that infamous pronouncement about "Charlotte Town" in his diary. 

watermelon
Flickr/Rebecca Siegel https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When the temp in my car reached 104 this week, I got a little queasy. My friend Karin asked me about the effect of hot weather on our appetites, so I set out to learn more.

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