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Issue #18

Versus

This issue is filled with battles that crackle with energy, like the moment when you lock two robots armed with flamethrowers and lasers and steampunk lobster arms in a steel cage and fill it with scorpions and then electrify the floor and fill the room with angry bees and tear gas.

Many things enter, everything dies, the audience goes wild! The issue has parallels to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s seminal 1987 film, The Running Man, except instead of pro wrestlers chasing each other through a futurescape of post-industrial devastation, it’s a food magazine. Between the covers, you’ll find a cage match between the cuisines of New York and San Francisco. Out back in the alley, Harold McGee explains how the tension between our physical reality and perceptive faculties is akin to the relationship between Brad Pitt and Ed Norton’s characters in Fight Club (Disclaimer: he does not make that analogy.) As you settle into the second half of the issue, after most of the piss and vinegar has been spent, the battlegrounds turn conceptual: Lucas Peterson writes about Man vs. Himself (in the context of eating disorders); Bridget Huber reports on Man vs. Nature in coastal Brazil; Madhur Jaffrey tells the story of man’s struggle against the sea in Crete.

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In This Issue

The Lucky Peach Atlas

Mattew Volz
Chef vs. Chef Christina Tosi
How to Overeat Professionally Emily Johnson with Crazy Legs Conti

Crab vs. Crab

David Chang & John Besh

Coffee or Tea?

Michael Snyder

New York vs. San Francisco

Peter Meehan, Chris Ying, John Birdsall, Mark Bittman, Walter Green, Rowan Jacobsen, Jonathan Kauffman, Robert Sietsema, Erin Sullivan, and Christina Turley
Chicago vs. Chicago Kevin Pang
Tokyo vs. the World David Chang
The Miraculous Mr. Hai Calvin Godfrey

Food Fight

Dark Igloo

Crude of the Gods

Bridget Huber

Cretan Waters

Madhur Jaffrey

Orderly Disordered Eating

Lucas Peterson
Pie vs. Pie Dana Cree, Emily Elsen, and Liz Prueitt
Three Dishes: Cacio e Pepe Marco Baccanelli, Barbara Lynch, and Tony Kim

Barbarian Days

William Finnegan

Oil & Vinegar

Amelia Gray

Cook Life: Duck Tale

Brecht Vandenbroucke

Sights n' Snacks: Tangier vs. Meknes

Tamara Shopsin