What We’re Reading This Week: September 19, 2016

Mourning Dorothy Hamilton’s death, understanding Monsanto’s takeover, finding sustainable wine and more.

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There are lots of Long Island beers to get excited about this fall. Photo credit: Alicia Valeo and Kevin Breslawski.

Here’s what’s been on the Edible editors’ radar this week:

Along with the rest of the culinary community, we’re mourning the tragic death of International Culinary Center founder Dorothy Hamilton.
Dorothy was a friend and inspiration for publication. We’re observing her untimely death by car accident with heavy hearts and extend our thoughts and prayers to her family. Here, we revisit our story profiling her favorite childhood pastry: a classic New York charlotte russe.

High Maintenance, one of our favorite web series, is back.
The cult Brooklyn based web series has returned, and this time on HBO. We’re stoked to have been featured in one of their first-ever episodes, and are revisiting our 2014 interview with the makers Katja Blichfield and Ben Sinclair, where we discuss compost and the munchies.

Our local beer expert, Niko Krommydas, rounded up the local beers for fall that are worth drinking for Edible Long Island.
Whatever marks the official start of fall is unimportant now, though, because it’s time to learn about ten local beers made to reflect the season’s character. And whether it’s an Oktoberfest, a chocolate cupcake-inspired porter or a ‘session’ IPA brewed with locally grown raspberries, one thing is apparent about this diverse Long Island-only list: There are many great options.”

Food52 discusses Muslim holidays more of us should know.
There are two official holidays decreed by Islam, both called Eid. Eid-al-Adha is distinct in intent and feel from Eid-al-Fitr, Arabic for ‘festival of breaking the fast,’ the celebration that follows Ramadan. Lavish feasts are integral to both holidays, yet their flavor profiles are wildly different.”

Mother Jones reported on the purchase of Monsanto by Bayer.
“In its current incarnation, Bayer is mainly a pharmaceutical company, with interests in prescription drugs, over-the-counter staples like aspirin, and animal medicines. But it also has a large division devoted to selling seeds and, particularly, pesticides—and it has been itching for months to expand those business lines by taking over Monsanto.”

On New York Times critic Pete Wells at The New Yorker:
Wells is an unassuming man who has become used to causing a stir, and this can be disorienting: it’s odd to hear him wonder, not unreasonably, if restaurants ever think of bugging his table. But a restaurant can’t openly acknowledge him.”

Edible East End tells us about an app that helps you find sustainable wine on Long Island.
“Its key feature, however, is a Google map. The in-app map includes every certified vineyard on Long Island and links seamlessly with other navigation apps, making it easy for users to plan their own adventures on the Long Island sustainable wine trail.”

From Food Dive, a look at the government’s new attempt to find superbugs.
The National Institutes of Health and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently announced the debut of the Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge. The competition offers $20 million in prizes for those who can devise solutions for the increasing threat of drug-resistant superbugs, which the agencies called “a rising public health threat.”

“Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet,” writes The Guardian.
Studies suggest that regenerating soil by turning our backs on industrial farming holds the key to tackling climate change.

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