Welcome to the (extra long) weekend. Now’s the time to settle into a laid-back rhythm and catch up on all this week’s food news on the web. For your perusal, here’s a curated selection of stories that we’ve been reading this week.
- Did you know that the canned pumpkin purée you’re using to bake isn’t pumpkin at all? Turns out it’s actually a type of squash. [MyRecipes]
- Carnegie Deli, the landmark Midtown New York restaurant famous for its pastrami, will close its doors at the end of the year. [NPR]
- Thinking about baking your own sourdough bread? Here’s everything you need to know about working with (and making your own) sourdough starter. [Saveur]
- People are declaring ashwaganda, an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine, to be the next health food supplement du jour. [Tasting Table]
- Richard Trentlage, the songwriter behind the “Oscar Meyer Wiener” song, died this week at the age of 87. [Grub Street]