Lucky Dip – Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Good lord, no… not the Danish butter cookies! Denmark rolls out a fat tax. [Globe and Mail]

Between the war on obesity and food-related stereotypes, soul food (fried chicken, collards, et al) is dying a fast death in the US. Should we be destroying cultural foodways that are linked to health problems and racism, or rushing to save them? [Zester]

It’s an ongoing joke in the beer community that some brewers will put just about anything in their experimental beers. And it’s actually true; check out this list. [Bites]

What chefs and restaurateurs think about you folks who make reservations and then don’t show up. (Does you back hurt? Because there might be voodoo dolls involved.) [Eater]

Last year, every food blogger and their dog wrote a post about butternut squash soup. (Seriously, I kept track.) This year, we give you all permission to eat soup from a jar/can/box. [National Post: The Appetizer]

In general, restaurant mascots are scary, and should go away. [Chow]

Jacques Pepin worries about the egos of young chefs. [Associated Press]

We say we want the salad, and the other healthy fast food options. But do we order them? No on your life. [Village Voice: Fork in the Road]

I don’t know about you, but I seldom think of “pizza” and “the beach” as things that go together, but in Maine, they eat pizza on the beach so often that they’ve got pizza-box receptacles for the empties. [Serious Eats]