For whatever misguided reason, someone from Arizona broadcast affiliate ABC15 thought it might be a great idea to visit Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles ("one of the only soul food restaurants in Phoenix," its website notes) on Saturday and ask customers to comment on George Zimmerman being found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The tactic appalled several viewers and journalists, one of whom openly questioned the decision on Twitter. "Perhaps the lighting at the local basketball court wasn't conducive to filming television interviews that night," the Phoenix New Times notes. Just about the worst thing ever, straight ahead.
By the time I get to Arizona.
Yesterday, Grub Street revealed that Pat LaFrieda Jr. — meat royalty in New York; Manhattan's Duke of Dry-Aging — will release a book next year. But there's no title yet, as Amazon's sales page merely lists the book as Untitled Cookbook Memoir. But we've got good news, Pat. Paul Lukas (you may know him as the man behind Uni Watch, but he's also a longtime food writer) has been collecting vintage meat books for a very long time, and he shared some of the best with Grub. Yes, they can serve as inspiration for any and all aspiring meat-book writers, but mostly they're just hilariously awesome and antiquated. Take it away, Paul.
"Each booklet must have the word meat in the title ... "