The Best Long Reads of the Week, From the Art of Butter Sculpture to the Foods Americans Once Loved

June 27, 2015

A roundup of worthy weekend reading material.

Shroomtown
Lucky Peach

Our club had collected over three hundred different species that day to be examined, identified, and carefully laid on individual white paper plates, with their names scrawled on in magic marker. Some still had pine needles stuck to their slimy caps; others were fragile and undeniably beautiful, their colors now less brilliant by the dull electrical light, but somehow more strange and otherworldly.

The Foods Americans Once Loved to Eat
Smithsonian

Sushi may be the most common use of eel today, but a few hundred years ago, eel pie…