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Friday reads: The food world news we’re devouring

At SheKnows Food, we spend a lot of time reading about — you guessed it — food (and drinks too!). And these links are too good not to share. Get our recommendations about what food stories you should be reading as we highlight our favorites each week.

Meet kava tea, a prescription-free alternative to Xanax

Sounds pretty good, right? But before you place your bulk order for kava, read this Eater writer’s experience with the legal though extremely relaxing “tea” that has led to at least one DUI and has been linked to liver damage.

9 American classics — better than ever

You probably don’t think your favorite fried chicken recipe needs tweaking, but what if we told you that an easy brine was the answer to amazingly flavorful meat? Or that there’s a simple tip for getting perfectly crisp crust? Food52 has the scoop on how to update all your comfort food favorites.

More: Bojangles’ customer gets box of cash, not chicken, raising ethics question

The ultimate ice cream sandwich, with an iced tea twist

Watching Jacques Torres (aka Mr. Chocolate) make ice cream is as mesmerizing as it sounds. Plus, it’s Friday, and Friday calls for drool-worthy ice cream sandwiches. Bonus points if it’s iced tea ice cream with perfectly thin chocolate chip cookies.

3 Long Island vineyards making Provence-quality rosé

The East Coast doesn’t get a whole lot of love in the wine arena, but these Long Island rosés are changing that. Look for these local wines when you find yourself yearning for a Provençal-style sip. What better time than summer?

More: Hard root beer is the new hot thing, and it’s pretty darn good

Why is it so hard to get a great bagel in California?

California has wine; New York has bagels. Maybe we should just leave it at that. Learn all about the struggle that is San Francisco attempting to produce a New York-quality bagel, but be forewarned: You will want a bagel by the end, even if it’s from the grocery store.

Are Americans doing the wine bar thing right, and does it matter?

With the recent influx of Parisian-style natural wine bars popping up in the U.S., it has become evident that Americans view wine differently than Europeans. This doesn’t seem all that surprising, but should we care? If we’re enjoying the wine, does it matter if we’re “doing it right”? Then again, at the end of a long week, this writer would drink just about anything you put in her glass, so take that with a grain of salt.

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