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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. 

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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.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Mark Lee / Flickr

In the category of Things That Are Really No Surprise comes a bold new study claiming that humans crave foods that are sweet, fatty, and especially a combination of both. This is not news to those us enjoying a doughnut or a biscuit with jam this morning. Nevertheless, scientists found an interesting tool to use when measuring our desire for these foods: money.  

In a signed copy of his book, Anthony Bourdain left the note: "COOK FREE OR DIE."
Peabody Awards/Amy Rogers / flickr.com

Anthony Bourdain needed to leave Charlotte and catch a plane to his next stop – but the phone wouldn’t stop ringing at Park Road Books. Restaurant dishwashers were calling to say, “I’m almost off shift. As soon as I finish I’m on my way. I want a book.”

But Bourdain had to leave before all of his fans could get there. So the chef-turned-author signed a special stack of books for them.

COMMENTARY:

When it comes to pie, some people like to make things complicated. They have secret recipes and techniques cloaked in mystery.

Well, today I’m going to show you how to make your next pie the easiest ever. You don’t even need an oven to create your own perfect No-Bake Foolproof Key Lime Pie (or Parfaits.)

Mayochup is a mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup.
Courtesy of Heinz

COMMENTARY:

Now that cook-out season is here, a new condiment may be heading your way: mayochup.

Put simply, it’s a blend of mayonnaise and ketchup. But nothing in the world of food marketing is ever simple.

Olivia Pellin will represent the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as the district's representative at the national conference for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
Amy Rogers / WFAE

In case you missed it, while famous chefs were winning James Beard awards recently, some local culinary pros were also taking top honors for their work. But these aren’t the purveyors of fine food at swanky eateries. 

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In a world of over-the-top cocktails, a new trend is brewing: simpler drinks made from fewer ingredients, and with lower levels of alcohol.

“Coffee folks: Who is making the switch from Starbucks to another coffee store owned by people of color or other minorities?” If you want to know what people think about a hot-button issue, post a question on social media. So on Wednesday afternoon, I did, and within seconds people began responding. 

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