tikka masala shortage
(stephen-oung/Flickr) In Britain, great curry is both a right and a privilege.

This week hosted a melting pot of subjects. We asked why so many Japanese chains are making New York their new home, why (why, oh why) dessert lasagna was conceived and whether England is in danger of a tikka masala shortage. We also talked to native New Yorker, Michael Fiorelli, on the Food Republic Today podcast about whether or not he’s had to make gluten-free pasta at his Los Angeles restaurant. We also flipped through the first ever magazine about food history. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics.

  1. Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes has inspired many to call for her run at the presidency. Here’s what a Winfrey administration could mean for the food world.
  2. Rainy and snowy days means you need a bowl of ramen to warm you up. Make it this bowl.
  3. Stop trying to make dessert lasagna happen. It’s not going to happen.
  4. England is facing a tikka masala shortage.
  5. Pili nut is the latest superfood to hit store shelves.
  6. Why are so many Japanese chains setting up shop in Manhattan?
  7. Los Angeles’ Michael Fiorelli stopped by our podcast studio to talk about Long Island, gluten-free pasta and burgers.
  8. Pig & Pinot Weekend tickets are now available! Check out the lineup here.
  9. Action Bronson’s cookbook has an ode to bagels from all around the world.
  10. The world’s first food history magazine, Eaten, is now available at select bookstores!