What We’re Reading This Week: Election Day Edition

What we’re reading while we’re not staring down the polls.

How did the chopped cheese go from beloved bodega staple to its glitzy redo by April Bloomfield? The Times reports on the sandwich’s complicated class struggle:
“Usually costing $4 or $5, the sandwich has the qualities of what scientists call an emergent property—it is greater than the sum of its parts. Fans of the food say part of its appeal is that it is infinitely customizable.

‘It’s not supposed to be a gourmet item,’ said Anthony Ramirez II, a Bronx entrepreneur who owns a restaurant and bar, the Bronx Beer Hall, and the company FromTheBronx.com.”

Someone has to feed those protesting at Standing Rock. A Navajo chef took to the task, NPR writes:
“At the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, as a Sioux tribe fights the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the months-long standoff has raised a question: How do you feed the encamped masses?

For Navajo chef Brian Yazzie, the answer was clear: in a way that honors indigenous traditions.”

FoodDive looks at how the organic food movement came to be:
“Organic products have shifted from being a lifestyle choice for a small share of consumers to being consumed at least occasionally by the majority of Americans. On a global scale, the market for organic, functional, allergen-free and better-for-you foods will reach a record $1 trillion in 2017, according to Euromonitor International.”

Sue Zelickson shapes Minnesota’s food scene—at age 82. From Minnesota Good Age:
“The 82-year-old dynamo doesn’t seem at all perturbed by her jam-packed schedule. It’s clear she loves to stay busy — and help others while she’s doing it — usually with a theme of food as the foundation for her work.”

A food truck in Georgia is giving jobs to resettled refugees, reports The Salt:
“Three refugee-baristas are buzzing about inside the truck. Amina Ahyaoui, 32, arrived from Casablanca, Morocco, in 2014. Tha Hlei Iang, 31, is from the Chin state in Myanmar. She spent four years in Malaysia with her husband and daughter before they made their way to Clarkston in 2011. Ahmad Alzoukani, 31, is a pharmacist from Damascus, Syria. He came to Clarkston in September of last year.”

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Alicia Kennedy is a Long Island–born, Brooklyn-based food writer and recipe developer.