Jaya Saxena, Eater National

Jaya Saxena

Eater National

New York, United States

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Past articles by Jaya:

Unfortunately, the Food Brands Have Discovered Astrology

McDonald’s and Del Taco are offering deals tied to Mercury retrograde → Read More

I Nearly Set My House on Fire Trying to Make the Lightning Mushroom From ‘Ratatouille’

Remy the rat’s electrocuted mushroom looked so enticing that I nearly set my house on fire trying to recreate it → Read More

Margaritaville and the Myth of American Leisure

My weirdly blissful 24 hours of Jimmy Buffet, coconut shrimp, psychedelic light shows, BOOZE, and the myth of American leisure → Read More

You Know You Can Just Pretend These Foam Hot Dogs Are Vegan, Right PETA?

You know you can just pretend these foam hot dogs are vegan, right? → Read More

Pellet Ice Is Extremely Overrated

It’s the worst kind of ice, so why is it everywhere? → Read More

The Limits of the Lunchbox Moment

Some people never felt shame around their food and never thought to. That story should fit somewhere, too. → Read More

Everything Bagel Seasoning Has Now Reached Ice Cream

Jeni’s Ice Cream is rolling out an Everything Bagel flavor, a cream cheese ice cream with a buttery streusel featuring sesame, poppy seeds, onions, and garlic → Read More

Women, Particularly Women of Color, Hit Hardest by Loss of Hospitality Jobs

American women with children are also three times as likely to have lost work → Read More

Survey Finds That Pandemic Has Exacerbated Sexual Harassment of Tipped Workers

The One Fair Wage survey found that a high percentage of tipped workers do not feel safe performing their jobs while customers and management ignore the dangers of COVID-19 → Read More

McDonald’s to Debut the McPlant, a Plant-Based Option, in 2021

Though the chain briefly experimented with Beyond Meat last year, it has yet to add a consistent plant-based menu item → Read More

Artisanal American Cheese Was Finally on Top of the World, and Then the World Fell Apart

Talking to Joe Berkowitz, author of "American Cheese," about the United States’ blossoming artisanal cheese scene, and the challenges it faces amid wildfires and a pandemics it faces amid wildfires and a pandemic → Read More

Irish Supreme Court Rules That Subway Bread Has Too Much Sugar to Count as Actual Bread

To avoid certain taxing, sugar in bread must “not exceed two percent of the weight of flour included in the dough,” whereas Subway bread is a whopping 10 percent → Read More

There Really Is No Ethical Restaurant Under Capitalism

Building an equitable restaurant — a place where all workers are paid fairly, have benefits, and can work in an anti-discriminatory environment — is going to take a near-total undoing of the way most restaurants are run. → Read More

How Cereal Became the Quintessential American Breakfast

Chances are, it's never struck you as particularly odd that there's an entire supermarket aisle devoted to nothing but cereal. But cereal's position as America's default breakfast food is a remarkable feat, not of flavor or culture, but of marketing and packaging design. It's a century-long history of advertising, a brilliant campaign that capitalized on the intersection of industrialization,… → Read More

For Trans People in the Service Industry, Discrimination Is an Unfortunate Reality of the Job

On top of microaggressions from colleagues and customers, trans people in the service industry deal with unreliable housing and higher rates of unemployment → Read More

In Survey of Nearly 24,000 Restaurants, Yelp Finds That 53 Percent Have Permanently Closed

Plus, goodbye to the Costco sheet cake, and more news to start your day → Read More

Quaker Oats to Change Aunt Jemima Name, Finally Recognizing It’s ‘Based on a Racial Stereotype’

The 130-year-old character has been modernized over the years, but remains inspired by minstrelsy and the "mammy" stereotype, which is rooted in slavery → Read More

Dispatches From Food Service Workers Across the U.S.: ‘I’m Trying Not to Panic’

Restaurant employees from Kentucky, North Dakota, New York, Oregon, and Minnesota share their stories → Read More

If Nothing Else, You’ll Be Able To Find Chicken Wings At The Grocery Store

With most wings traditionally sold to restaurants and bars that are now closed because of COVID-19, manufacturers are struggling with retail-friendly packaging → Read More

José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen Is on Site to Feed Quarantined Cruise Passengers in California

Plus, the beef industry is drying up America’s rivers, and more news to start your day → Read More