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Seen & Read: December 12, 2013

Food Arts Staff - December 12th, 2013

Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese by Shane Kearns
Almost any combination you can think of between two slices of bread. —Abbe Lewis, associate editor

Sysco to Buy Rival US Foods in Deal Valued at $3.5 Billion, New York Times
Giant food distributor Sysco just bought their rival US Foods for $3.5 billion making them the unrivaled giant in the industry. —Beverly Stephen, executive editor

Reviving Elaine’s Without Elaine, New York Times
Elaine's is reopening without Elaine as The Writing Room. Opinions about whether it will succeed are mixed. —B.S.

Sign of the Times: Under the Spell of Old Restaurants, New York Times T Magazine
An essay in the Times waxes nostalgic about the charm of old—truly old—restaurants and offers a space online for readers to add their own favorites. Personally, I was totally charmed by Galatoire's in New Orleans where longtime regulars claim their own waiter and it's not unusual for a guest to get up to lead patrons in song. I was there at an election time and a guest got up and said "let's forget about all these Republicans and Democrats and just sing God Bless America." And I'm willing to wait in a long line for the crab Louis at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco. —B.S.