THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Check, Please" by James Surowiecki: Why we tip - and why, perhaps, we shouldn't.
ANNALS OF TECHNOLOGY
"The Bakeoff" by Malcolm Gladwell: Project Delta aims to create the perfect cookie.
IN THE KITCHEN
"The Egg Men" by Burkhard Bilger: What it takes to be a short-order cook in Las Vegas.
Four short essays about food that a lot of people wouldn't even think of as food:
"Gone Fishing" by Mark Singer: A New York City chef catches what he cooks.
OUR FAR-FLUNG CORRESPONDENTS
"Night Kitchens" by Judith Thurman: Japan's masters of artisanal tofu.
LETTER FROM ECUADOR
"Speaking of Soup" by Calvin Trillin: While learning Spanish, you have to eat!
(Originally published Sept. 5, 2005)
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.