The Real-Life Quest to Cook All 74 ‘Stardew Valley’ Recipes

If the pandemic had never happened, Ali Z. might never have joined TikTok. But by the time the short, dark January days arrived, she was getting restless. Nearly a year into quarantine, her go-to hobbies—cooking, baking, and playing video games—felt lonely. In particular, she missed cooking for friends and family. “It’s not quite as fun […]

Apps to Help Manage Meals for Different Dietary Needs

What it does: Meant only for people following a gluten-free diet, FindMeGlutenFree makes it easier to locate restaurants that offer gluten-free options. Users can filter by restaurants that are dedicated gluten-free—meaning they don’t make anything that contains gluten—or restaurants with a separate gluten-free menu. Restaurants are peer-reported, so if you find a good one that […]

How Apps Commandeered the Age-Old Idea of Takeout

At the turn of this century, when Seamless was launched, mostly as a tool for offices to place large orders from restaurants and caterers, it didn’t register as a threat. Nor did Just Eat in Denmark (2001) or Grubhub (2004) or a host of others, which all began swallowing one another in a series of […]

The Next Big Thing for RNA? Fixing Moldy Food

Of all the fungi out there, Botrytis cinerea is the one that keeps farmers up at night. The scuzzy fungus has a voracious appetite. It’ll happily munch through hundreds of plant species—although soft fruits like grapes are its favorite—covering everything it feasts on with a velvety layer of mold. If you’ve ever left a tub […]