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Modernist Cuisine, Michael Pollan, and MRIs Dietary Supplements: Monday, February 21

The edible mysteries of hot soup, shiitake dermatitis, and MRI wine scanners in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!

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Out in Oregon, researchers are porking up primates to study obesity. Wait, didn't we already know what's making humans fat?

Meanwhile, the Gorilla Species Survival Plan® is hoping high-fiber forages at zoos will help captive gorillas eat better.

Back on the human front, one doctor explains the curious case of a human patient's rash resulting from Lentinus edodes, or shiitake dermatitis.

Another medical innovation in the world of food means that MRI scanners developed for testing bad wine could find a new life with Homeland Security.

And new data on restaurants is in. The United States has fewer restaurants, a higher percentage are chains. Which may add up to longer waits in the long run.

Finally, the folks behind the forthcoming, long-awaited Modernist Cuisine offer an exclusive eight-page excerpt from the encyclopedic cookbook, including a look at the science of why we blow hot soup to cool it down and why that works better than trying to cool a hot potato.

Dietary Supplements is a daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!

Photograph: Ryan Matthew Smith/Modernist Cuisine, via eGullet.

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