Weekend Recap: Arugula & Hot Dogs

• Thomas McNamee’s new, long-titled book (“Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution”) about Alice Waters and her rise was reviewed favorably by the Times: “The story has never been so completely told before. But then, no writer was ever given the access to Waters that McNamee enjoyed, and she comes across in these pages as quirky and passionate, by turns exasperating and challenging — in short, a fully rounded person.” [NY Times]

• And on the complete other side of the food spectrum, a 22-year-old San Jose man obliterated the world record for hot dog eating, inhaling 59 tubes of processed meat in 12 minutes. [Sports Illustrated]

• The great Bay Area bread debated continued. [Chowhound]

• Look out! Ethnic eats are “permeating” Bay Area lifestyles. [San Jose Mercury News]

• Finally, the third season of “The Next Food Network Star” debuted last night. Maybe this is the year it surpasses “Top Chef.” [All Your TV]

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Weekend Recap: Arugula & Hot Dogs