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35 Books That Will Teach You A Damn Thing About Your Food

Spoiler Alert: No cookbooks.

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1. For anyone who’s ever eaten at McDonald’s: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

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If you read anything on this list, make it this. Though published 14 years ago, Fast Food Nation is no less relevant today, giving voice to the hardworking men and women behind the millions of nuggets, patties, pies, and fries that we continue to so mindlessly consume.

2. For anyone who’s ever eaten emotionally: Born Round by Frank Bruni


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Like many of us, Frank Bruni has long struggled with his weight. But what happens when the former chief restaurant reviewer for the New York Times turns a critic’s eye on his own eating habits? Born Round is equal parts heartbreaking and funny, a four-star read.

3. For anyone who’s wondered: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes


Science writer Gary Taubes brings his degrees in physics, aerospace engineering, and journalism to the human body to explain how weight is more likely the product of our anatomy than our appetites.

4. For anyone who’s been on Atkins or just really likes butter: The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

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Atkins may have been right all along. According to Nina Teicholz’s research, the low-fat frenzy of the past half-century was based on bogus — if well-meaning — science. How this became federal policy and shaped generations of American dieting is a deeply compelling cautionary tale.

5. For anyone who still hasn’t read Kitchen Confidential: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain


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Even 15 years later, Bourdain’s remains the preeminent curtain-pull among epicurean exposés. Somehow, his down-and-dirty account of the madmen and -women behind haute cuisine doesn’t detract from our enjoyment of the food. In fact, it might just make us enjoy it more.

6. For anyone who wishes Kitchen Confidential had been compressed into 24 hours: Sous Chef by Michael Gibney


Gibney takes two bold turns in this remarkable debut: 1) He limits himself to just 24 hours, and 2) he pivots to present it all in the second person. The result is an extra-urgent, in-the-trenches tumble through a day in the life on the line.

7. For anyone who liked Kitchen Confidential but wanted more sex and drugs: The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White


Perhaps the least polished and most profane of this list’s memoirs, White’s The Devil In The Kitchen is still a rollicking wild ride. Think Gordon Ramsey but more pissed off.

8. For anyone who dreads grocery shopping, or just wants help doing it: What to Eat by Marion Nestle


You know not to grocery shop when hungry, but do you know what to look for — and avoid — in each aisle? Marion Nestle’s blow-by-blow guide to supermarket shopping is a godsend: a delight to read and easy to reference on the fly.

9. For anyone who wants to know why they hate tomatoes: Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook


Not all tomatoes are as bad as the ones you find in the supermarket. Estabrook tells us why and introduces us to the farmers — from Florida to Peru — who have worked to bring us the Big (bland) Red.

10. For anyone looking for a laugh with their Big Mac: Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

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Gaffigan brings his trademark wit to our cultural cravings, waxing poetic on everything from Hot Pockets to Cinnabon. Food: A Love Story is written for the everyman — the hungry man — who remains suspicious of kale and enamored with bacon.

11. For anyone who thought Eat, Pray, Love was overrated and really just wanted Julia Roberts to open a kick-ass restaurant in New York: by Gabrielle Hamilton

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By far the best-written chef’s memoir on this list, Blood, Bones & Butter is clearly the work of a pro. And it makes sense, seeing as Hamilton holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, in addition to her stints as a dishwasher, underage bartender, world traveler, and catering director. If you’re ever in New York, her tiny restaurant, Prune, is worth a visit.

(Bonus good/bad news: The book has allegedly been optioned for a film adaptation, with Gwyneth Paltrow attached to play Hamilton.)

12. For anyone considering culinary school: The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman


Don’t let all these raucous, debauched restaurant memoirs fool you — being a chef takes hard work. Ruhlman’s detailed look inside the Harvard of U.S. culinary schools is proof.

13. For anyone who likes to learn (and fail) on the fly: Heat by Bill Buford

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If school’s just not your thing, you might identify more closely with Buford’s approach to the culinary arts. Bypassing any formal training — or even former restaurant experience — Buford jumped from his job at The New Yorker to the kitchen of Mario Batali’s famed restaurant, Babbo. His resulting education is hectic, hard-won, and hilarious.

14. For anyone currently watching Fresh Off the Boat: Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang

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You might not recognize all of Huang’s many punchy pop culture references, but that doesn’t make Fresh Off the Boat any less fun. Whether discussing Asian-American stereotypes or soup dumplings in Taiwan, Huang writes with delightful verve. It’s easy to see why this book translates so seamlessly to the screen.

15. For anyone who wants to know where these truly upsetting retro recipes came from: Something From the Oven by Laura Shapiro


Shapiro roves from the origins of Betty Crocker to the miracle of canned bread, showing how mid-century feminism and postwar technology united to produce bizarre foodie fads unlike any we’ve seen since.

16. For anyone wondering why Lunchables are still a thing: Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss


Investigative reporter Michael Moss reveals how big brands like Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestlé, Capri Sun, Cargill, and Oreo have engineered our addiction to their products. His in-depth look at the strange science behind processed food is at once fascinating and terrifying.

17. For anyone who really really likes corn: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan


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Michael Pollan is the king of contemporary food writing, swirling together history, science, and sociology with surprising élan. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is essential reading for anyone trying to grasp the full scope of food in America, which, it turns out, is mostly made of corn.

18. For anyone who really likes Michael Pollan: Cooked by Michael Pollan


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Seriously, this guy can write. In Cooked, Pollan invites us to learn alongside him as he masters the art of preparing food with the four classical elements — fire, water, air, and earth. So if you’ve ever consumed barbecue, bread, beer, or bourguignon and wondered how it all came to be, this book is for you.

19. For anyone with a casual Ph.D. in chemistry: On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee

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This is the brainier version of Cooked, with a legitimate “Chemistry Primer” appendix on molecular reactions and the like. But phases of matter aside, On Food and Cooking is a veritable kitchen bible, with how-to and tell-me-why chapters on everything from “The Problem of Legumes and Flatulence” to “Why Pain Can Be Pleasurable.”

20. For anyone who wants to drool: The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

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M.F.K. Fisher is the writer you probably haven’t heard of but definitely should know. Whether she’s describing a tiny restaurant in the French countryside or how to properly savor a tangerine — even how to boil water — Fisher’s words practically drip from the page. The Art of Eating represents her collected works, a transcontinental record of how to best enjoy the simple pleasures of a meal.

Proof of her beautiful prose, and inspiration for any aspiring food writers out there: “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and hunger for it … and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied … and it is all one.”

21. For anyone contemplating going gluten-free: Grain Brain by David Perlmutter

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Definitely a pro-gluten-free screed, Grain Brain presents the science on the side of our most recent de rigueur diet. Great for those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, and maybe better taken with a grain of salt by the rest of us.

For a more even-handed look at Big Bad Gluten, try Michael Specter’s piece in The New Yorker.

22. For anyone who salts their watermelon: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky


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Another “wait till you hear where your _____ comes from” book, but somehow Kurlansky manages to make salt — yes, salt — a compelling protagonist. Who knew that this familiar, meek little mineral could have been the impetus for so many revolutions, conquests, and wars?

23. For anyone who wants to know what it really means to “live off the land”: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver


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Having heard the virtues of Locavore and Slow Food diets endlessly extolled, Barbara Kingsolver decided to give it a try. Her whole-hog endeavor — transplanting her family from Tucson, Arizona, to rural Virginia, where they only consumed produce that they’d personally planted or raised — is drastic, but ultimately rewarding. She shows us how to reconnect with the land and ourselves, thinking mindfully about what we eat and how it’s made.

24. For anyone who really identified with the critic in Ratatouille: Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl


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How do restaurants actually earn their stars? Go undercover with renowned New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl to see how egos, infighting, anonymity, and authenticity co-mingle to determine the fates of restaurateurs and their reviewers.

25. For anyone wondering where the phrase “You are what you eat” comes from: The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Donna Brazile tells president’s critics to ‘stop the hate’

As part of its 25th anniversary, Housing Now hosted a panel discussion Monday afternoon on “Poverty and Housing Policy.” Democrat strategist Donna Brazile tweeted some of the highlights of the panel discussion, including a quote from Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman, who lamented that America has become a low wage nation.

Well, you could blame the guy at the top.

However, that would make you a “hater.”

Thing is, Brazile’s original tweet wasn’t about the housing crisis, but the number of Americans currently living in poverty. In either case, Brazile demands that people “stop the hate” toward Obama — which apparently extends to holding him responsible for the state of the union.

Is it still hate if we pin the blame for poverty on the Democrats in general?




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Fantastic! Fox News’ Megyn Kelly expecting a baby; Congratulations pour in

Kelly announced this afternoon on her show that she and her husband Doug are expecting another baby.

RT @ARStrasser: Megyn Kelly just announced she's pregnant on Fox!

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) February 14, 2013

What a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift! Colleagues and fans are sending joyful well-wishes:

Congrats @megynkelly new baby on the way

— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) February 14, 2013

Yippeee! My beautiful friend @megynkelly and her handsome husband @dougbrunt are having another baby! A wonderful Valentines Day gift!

— Janice Dean (@janicedeanfox) February 14, 2013

AWWWW MEGYN & DOUG Kelly are expecting another baby! How lovely! Contratulations & #GodBless you all @megynkelly

— The Supreme (@1SupremeGoddess) February 14, 2013

Congratulations @megynkelly ! So excited for your future addition to your lovely family!

— Raquel Lewis (@raquellewis) February 14, 2013

@megynkelly Congrats Megyn on the new baby. Praying for a safe 9 months for you. God Bless your family:-)

— Billy Sampson (@TheSampsons1) February 14, 2013


— NancyC (@nancyandcraig) February 14, 2013

@megynkelly CONGRATS to you anf your family–so excited for you xxx

— Maria Warren (@DaysBitch) February 14, 2013

Congrats @megynkelly on your pregnancy! Couldn't be happier for you and your husband Doug! Love your show!

— Dan Rudd (@RuddDan) February 14, 2013

Hellooo Mrs.@megynkelly, Happy Valentines Day 2 U & "CONGRATULATIONS" !! May God BLESS U & your beautiful family…

— EDGARDO SANTIAGO (@EdgardoBx) February 14, 2013

@megynkelly Congratulations on the news of your pregnancy!! So happy for you & your family!!! #babynews

— Trisha Digirolamo (@trishad64) February 14, 2013

@megynkelly congrats on the new baby!

— ♥Mary Sammons♥ (@WarriorAngel40) February 14, 2013

Congrats @megynkelly on your pregnancy! Couldn't be happier for you and your husband Doug! Love your show!

— Dan Rudd (@RuddDan) February 14, 2013

@megynkelly congratulations Megyn, to you and your ever growing family. wish you all the best always

— Phillip (@PhillipG76) February 14, 2013

Yay! Congrats to @megynkelly on baby number 3.

— Brittany Cohan (@bccohan) February 14, 2013

Aweeee @megynkelly is expecting again!!:) what a perfect valentines day surprise! #Congrats

— Jessica (@Im_jess_kiddin) February 14, 2013

Congrats to @megynkelly! Prayers for a healthy bundle of joy.

— Melissia (@ProudoftheUSA) February 14, 2013

@megynkelly @DougBrunt Congratulations! I just heard you are expecting your third child. You have a lovely family!

— Adam Savader (@adamsavader) February 14, 2013

Congrats to @megynkelly expecting another baby! I'm such a huge fan of yours and I wish you the best!!

— Katie Katina (@katiekatina) February 14, 2013

A blessing indeed. Congratulations to Megyn and her growing family! We wish them the best.

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Actress Patricia Heaton ‘speechless’ over Benghazi hearing

Actress Patricia Heaton does not toe the Hollyweird leftist line.

@patriciaheaton nice to know not all of Hollywood is liberal. There is hope! #prolife #benghazi

— Keisha ✨ (@svdbygracealone) May 8, 2013

@patriciaheaton you go girl!!!!God bless you for speaking out

— Sharon Dyer (@SHARHAIR) May 8, 2013

Yes. Ms. Heaton stands up for truth and fights like a girl. She took to Twitter today to weigh in on the Benghazi hearing. Her response? Speechless.

She also retweeted this.

RT @carrie_trask: @patriciaheaton The testimony of Mr Hicks, who was in Libya..was spellbinding. What happened that night was far worse tha…

— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) May 8, 2013


@patriciaheaton I’m honestly fighting tears over this whole mess!!

— Melodee Fosner (@melodeefosner) May 8, 2013

The truth is coming to light and it is destroying the previous claims of the Obama administration.

Twitter users agree and praise the three whistleblowers and their brave testimony.

@patriciaheaton Watching the #Benghazi hearing has been an incredibly intense experience! May the truth that came out today be known!

— N. (@4AmericaIsrael) May 8, 2013

@patriciaheaton Tears all day listening to it #Benghazi

— Jane Jacks (@OrthoA) May 8, 2013

@carrie_trask @patriciaheaton Those three brave men were OUTSTANDING notes, just the truth!

— Ross Henry (@Ezra717) May 8, 2013


Today’s @gopoversight hearing was one for the history books. Heroic whistleblowers vs grandstanding Dems. Yes, IT MATTERS. #benghazi

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 8, 2013

Bingo. What difference does it make? It matters. Just ask Eric Nordstrom, who had to choke back tears as he began testifying today. Or Gregory Hicks, who was “effectively demoted” for daring to question the State Department. Ask the families of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

It matters.

Truth matters. And justice must be served for the four men murdered in Benghazi.


Wow: Hicks ‘effectively demoted’ after questioning State; Did Rep. Speier offer him a bribe? [Video]

Boom! Gregory Hicks: YouTube video was a ‘non-event in Libya’; Scapegoated filmmaker still in prison

Greg Hicks: I briefed Hillary on Benghazi that night; Clinton continued to blame video

What difference does it make? Eric Nordstrom fights back tears during opening Benghazi statement: ‘It matters’

‘Snitches get stitches’? Rep. Cummings goes after Benghazi whistleblowers before they even testify 

Whistleblower Greg Hicks on military being told to stand down: ‘They were furious’

Not an outlier: Patricia Heaton tweets Gosnell is just the ‘less sanitary version of what goes on every day’

Heh: Actress Patricia Heaton slams Warren Buffett; Offers up actual meaning of ‘Buffett Rule’

Patricia Heaton wonders why no Gosnell trial coverage

Actress Patricia Heaton: Why is it OK to make fun of one religion but not another?

‘They got me good!’ Actress Patricia Heaton posts Ash Wednesday photo

Pro-life actress Patricia Heaton turns to Twitter for #MarchForLife news

Actress Patricia Heaton: ‘Two words — Paul Ryan’

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You’ll Need To Look At These Famous Crime Scenes Twice. When You See Why, It’s Worth It.

Marc Hermann (his site) is a photographer and historian who has a very interesting hobby. He likes to pull historic crime scene photos from the New York Daily News archive and blend them with photographs of the same New York City locations today. Combining vintage New York with the modern one.

His project is meant as a tribute to New Yorkers – on both sides of the camera’s lens – who have gone before, and as a window into the past for those who appreciate it.

Grisly violence is obviously an undeniable part of New York’s history so some of the photographs are somewhat mature in nature.

Brooklyn – July 1, 1928. Original photographer unknown. Frankie Yale, a gangster known as the “Al Capone of Brooklyn,” lostout to rivals as he drove a Lincoln coupe through the streets of Borough Park. ln what is believed to have been the first New York mob hit thatemployed Thompson sub-machine guns, he lost control of his car and smashed into the front stoop of a house on 44th Street. The block isquiet today, but the building still stands – as does the tree at right, the only living witness to the mayhem of a past era.

Brooklyn – July 1, 1928. Original photographer unknown.

Frankie Yale, a gangster known as the “Al Capone of Brooklyn,” lostout to rivals as he drove a Lincoln coupe through the streets of Borough Park. ln what is believed to have been the ï¬rst New York mob hit thatemployed Thompson sub-machine guns, he lost control of his car and smashed into the front stoop of a house on 44th Street. The block is quiet today, but the building still stands – as does the tree at right, the only living witness to the mayhem of a past era.

Hicks St. & Summit St., Brooklyn – January 11, 1951. Original photo by Paul Bernius.

The bells in the steeple rang even as flames consumed the Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary one chilly afternoon. The 90-year-old landmark was practically destroyed by the five-alarm blaze, but was rebuilt and still stands today.

Brooklyn – July 28, 1957. Original photo by Paul bernius.

A recently released inmate of the Brooklyn House of Detention had forgotten some clothing, so the obvious solution was to steal a car with two friends to go retrieve it. They didn’t get far, however, coming to a crashing stop against a light pole at Classon Ave. & Pacific St. The auto body shop visible in the background is still in business, though relocated across the street.

66 Court St., Brooklyn – January 31, 1961. Original photo by Ed Peters.

A leaky gas pipe was the cause of a massive explosion at this Downtown Brooklyn office building that shattered storefronts and injured 28 people. The sturdy 30-story building survived without any lasting scars from this incident.

497 Dean St., Brooklyn – March 19, 1942. Original photo by Charles Payne.

Edna Egbert proudly displayed a blue-star banner in her window, in honor of her son being in the service. However, after not hearing from him since his enlistment, she became distraught and climbed out onto her ledge. Cops Ed Murphy and George Munday distracted her so she could be pushed into a safety net, the precursor of today’s standard airbags. A favonte of many Daily News staffers, this photo is also known to present-day residents of the building.

31 grand St., Brooklyn – February 16,1946. Original photo by Paul Bernius.

Firefighters fought a blaze at Grand St. and Kent Ave. in Williamsburg from the street as well as adjoining rooftops. The toll taken on this building is clear today – and is now only two stories high.

Park Row, Manhattan – July 22, 1943. Original photographer unknown.

An M-7 Priest, a self-propelled 105mm gun, rolls up Park Row in front of City Hall en route to the Fifth Ave. library, where it was placed on display as part of a war bonds drive.

7th Ave, 8. Sterling Pl, Brooklyn – December 17, 1960. Original photo by Leonard Detnck.

A day after what was, at the time, the worst aviation disaster in the U.S., wreckage of United Airlines flight 826 ï¬lls the intersection of Sterling Pl. & 7th Ave. in Park Slope. 134 people were killed after the jet collided with a smaller TWA plane over Staten Island, killing everyone aboard both planes and people on the ground in Brooklyn. Many of the buildings, including the Pillar of Fire Church, were destroyed beyond repair while others still stand. Veteran cops and ï¬reï¬ghters still speak of this incident as one of the most memorable-and tragic-of their careers.

Porter Ave. & Harrison Pl., Brooklyn – April 4, 1959. original photo by Dan Sforza.

A car crash resulted in the death of Martha Cartagena, 3, who rode her tricycle across from her home on Porter Ave. her older sister, Sonia, is consoled by Rev. Eugene Emy. The scene has changed remarkably little in five decades, the bricks of the building at right showing the scars of impact.

Prospect Park West & 15th St., Brooklyn – July 30, 1959. Original photo by Owen Milmoe.

Policemen guard Detective Michael Dwyer, a veteran of the Wall Street squad, who committed suicide near the entrance to Prospect Park. many people were out for a Sunday stroll in the quiet neighborhood when the tragedy occurred.

475 1/2 hicks St., Brooklyn – January 31, 1957. Original photographer unknown.

“Black Hawk” gangster Salvatore (Sammy) Santoro met his end in the vestibule of this building. he was shot four times in the head, and the murder weapon left at the scene. once part of the powerful force that was the longshoremen of the Brooklyn waterfront, Santoro’s brother said he had lately been running a pet shop.

Fulton Fish Market, Manhattan – February 26, 1961. Original photo by Jerry Kinstler.

34 years before News photographers once again converged on the South Street Seaport, another ï¬re did damage to the older portion of the Fulton Fish Market on the west side of South St. This two-alarmer sent a ï¬re lieutenant to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. These buildings still stand, in various states of occupancy, and minus a few floors here and there.

East River & Jackson St, Manhattan – March 16, 19591. Original photo by Judd Mehlman.

Pablo Melendez and Arcadia Santos met at a dance on the night of March 15, 1959, after which Melendez offered to take his date, whose name he reportedly didn’t know, back to where she lived in Brooklyn. She would never make it home. After stopping at the foot of Jackson St. for a few minutes, Melendez lost control of the car and plunged into the East River. He managed to swim to safety; the 20-year-old Santos did not. The Con Edison plant can be seen across the river with more smokestacks than remain today.

137 Wooster St., Manhattan – February 16. 1958. Original photo by Charles Payne.

A massive ï¬re in the Elkins Paper & Twine Co. on Wooster St. claimed the lives of two ï¬reï¬ghters and four members of the New York Fire Patrol. The building was a total loss, and was demolished shortly after the last of the victims’ bodies was recovered. Eight years later, the carnage would be eclipsed by a ï¬re on 23rd St. in which 12 ï¬reï¬ghters were killed, leaving the tragedy on Wooster St. to fade into a distant memory.

992 Southern Blvd., Bronx – September 25, 1961. Original photo by Alan Aaronson.

Josephine Dexidor holds James Linares, who had just been shot by her jealous boyfriend on the stairs of this Bronx apartment building. News photographer Al Aaronson was likely tipped off by a cop about the scene playing out inside the building, down a long corridor and around the corner from the building’s front door. One could imagine Dexidor’s reaction an instant after the flashun went off, and a quick exit would have been necessary by the lensman. A doorway on the landing has been covered over since the original picture was made.


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SNL tries to ridicule Obamacare website, can’t quite pull it off, aka the worst website ever, is a joke. It’s so bad that even “Saturday Night Live” is making fun of it.

Unfortunately, there :

We give SNL an A for effort, a “gentleman’s C” for execution.

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You’ll love this adorable hand turkey drawing someone made for Obama!

We here at Twitchy don’t usually devote time to fans of Obama who do nice things for him. But this Thanksgiving “turkey hand” drawing was so well done, we just had to remark on it. Note the subtle balance of the colors, a gentle reminder of Thanksgivings past. The turkey is so lifelike as it happily looks ahead, “forward” if you will, into the future. Really, it’s masterful. We especially like the subtle textures created by the gentle marker strokes.

We hope you appreciated this short break from politics, in order to delve into a truly special work of art!

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