Some food for thought from local, national and international news sources from this past week:

Can eggplant drive you insane? Check the history books. [Zester Daily]

— The politics of Happy Meals. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Bastide does burgers. (Joe Pytka, however, will not be directing McDonald's commercials anytime soon.) [Chow Balla]

— New Graphic Shows All the Crap We Eat in a Year. [SF Weekly]

10 Basic Recipes Every Home Cook Should Know. [Yumsugar]

— Scratch Supper #2: blackberries. [Jane Lear]

— Chicken Charlie and the joys of deep frying. [Daily Dish]

Barbara Fairchild on the food festival. [Feast]

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