Why do some cookbooks dominate the dinner-party circuit for years, like a benign infection? [via Financial Times]

Making pizza with Mario Batali’s sons. [via The New York Times]

A drunk Alaskan man was mauled after feeding BBQ to a bear. [via ABC News]

Fast food chains selling fake products is “marketing as performance art, and it’s working.” [via Grub Street]

Texas BBQ, homemade hot sauce, and the world’s hottest pepper. [via KCRW Good Food]

Where to buy coffee on the Internet. [via Serious Eats]

Remembering journalist Michael Hastings. [via The Washington Post]

The Smoking­ Gun by PolyScience ($100) lets chefs and home cooks infuse dishes with smoke flavor. [via Boston Herald]