The Daily Byte's Weekly Media Mix rounds up the week's big food stories.
• Harvard researchers have discovered that consumers are only willing to pay up to a certain amount to ensure food safety. They’ll pay more for mild illnesses, but they are not willing to pay a proportionately higher price to avoid more severe illnesses. [Food Navigator]
• You know it’s big when chains start making them. Mini desserts are now at their peak, with Baskin Robbins releasing “Cake Bites,” or bite-sized ice cream cakes. [USAToday]
• Imagine translating a cookbook from English to English, or UK English to American English. [NPR]
Shame of the Week
• A couple fights over eating their roommate’s bacon, leading to an assault and a suicide attempt. [Chronicle]
• An inside look at Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, which claims, “Anytime any woman mentioned 'cream,' Guy went into a sexual riff. When cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy's eye line, because it's always on breasts." We have to go shower now. [City Pages]
• Watch the staff of Dos Toros “Guac It Out.” There’s a man in a gorilla suit, a shout out to Ray Ray, and lots of slo-mo action. [YouTube]
• Giant avocados can weigh up to 1.5 kg (about 3 pounds). Is this real? [Newslite]
• Girl Scouts badges have been updated (the first time in a quarter-century), and the new badges include “Locavore” and the potential for 9-year-olds to try out molecular gastronomy. [NPR]
• The world’s most expensive dessert is a chocolate pudding with champagne caviar, a 2-karat diamond, and gold leaf. Total cost: $35,000. [Reuters]
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