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Gluten-Free Hysteria Crystalized in New Digital Art Museum

A mysterious blog reimagines famous artworks as carb-free masterpieces.

d’après Johannes Vermeer

Over the last few years gluten, a protein found in wheat and many common grains, has been vilified as the cause of everything from weight gain to fatigue to acne. Last year, “gluten-free diet” popped up as one of the top 10 most-searched health terms on Google, and if you went by hyperbolic internet buzz alone, you’d wonder why the government hadn’t banned the stuff years ago. Gluten-free hysteria has become such a part of our cultural lexicon that it was even parodied on South Park. But now, for the first time, the fearsome gluten has gone high art with the creation of mysterious, anonymous blog Gluten Free Museum. The site’s enigmatic creator has painstakingly removed, via Photoshop, all traces of gluten from some of history’s greatest masterpieces. Grant Wood’s American Gothic loses its pitchfork, Vermeer’s The Milkmaid goes without her bread, and the impressionist pastoral wheat landscapes of Vincent van Gogh have been rendered barren. Currently the Gluten Free Museum contains only 20 works, each of which juxtaposes a before and after the great-gluten-rapture:

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The Dumb Photos You Share of Your Breakfast Can Actually Feed People

Free app, Feedie, will funnel 25 cents towards a nutritious meal for a child in South Africa every time you snap a photo of your food.

The waiter places a dish in front of you that sizzles with color. It’s beautiful. Your right hand twitches for your pocket where your phone is nestled. Nay. As much as you yearn to do it, it’s become gauche to take pops of the delectable eats you encounter. That’s where the new app Feedie comes in to save the day. It’s a free app tied to the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization that provides meals to children in rural and township schools in South Africa, where, according to the Fund's website, approximately 65 percent of children live below the poverty line. Basically, it’s an Instagram for food, except every time you take a picture and share it, Feedie funnels 25 cents to the Lunchbox Fund, approximately the amount it takes to put together a nutritious meal for a child in South Africa.

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So You Think You’re a Foodie?

A sampling of the screwball comedies, sob stories, and sci-fis that anticipated our culinary moment

At a time when chefs, restaurateurs, and recipe-makers are racing to bring back the trends of yesteryear or to put contemporary twists on old comestibles, it’s striking when their pop culture genealogy gets overlooked. Sift through the annals of screwball comedy, fantasy adventure, and science fiction, and you will discover a secret history of zany, pop cultural accounts that foreshadow the current culinary moment. Here is just a handful of our faves.

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