Lunch Break Links: best 2013 cookbooks, European trade & GMO foods, cucamelons, Schrute Farms-inspired beet salad, trick yourself into not feeling pain

Lunch is the perfect opportunity to get out and walk around New York City with my coworkers—even if we just pick up food within a 3 block radius to bring back to our desks so we can continue finding random stuff on the Internet working. So every day, I’ll be sharing what I had for lunch along with links to my daily lunch break distractions.

The Lunch:

Whole wheat rotini with meatballs
Whole wheat rotini with meatballs

The Links:

The Working Class Foodies Cookbook

The 22 Best Cookbooks of 2013 (via Greatist)
With so many food blogs and online recipe databases, the value of a really good cookbook can sometimes get overlooked. Greatist has rounded up the year’s best titles for every kind of home chef. (PS – Picture Cook is on this list!)

GMO Food: How European Trade May  Help America Eat Healthier (via Fooducate)
Unlike America, European countries have rejected genetically modified foods and even look down on us for allowing a large amount of GMO into our food system. Could Europe’s hesitation to import ‘sub-par’ American foods spur our country to change its ways? Let’s hope so.


WTF Food: Cucamelons (via Bite Size Wellness)
Despite having the appearance of a miniature watermelon, this Central American fruit actually tastes like a cross between a cucumber and a lime. Learn more about it over at BSW!

Schrute Farms Inspired Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad (via Veggie Girl)
I fell off “The Office” bandwagon shortly after Steve Carell’s departure robbed the show of its beloved Michael Scott, but as I understand it, Dunder Mifflin is closing its doors on the series finale tonight. Veggie Girl created this delicious and healthy salad in honor of Dwight’s infamous beet farm.


5 Simple Ways to Trick Yourself into Not Feeling Pain (via Cracked)
A while back, we wrote that one of the benefits of coffee was that its caffeine blocked a chemical that activates pain receptors. Here are four other simple non-drug ways to rewire your brain and body when it comes to pain.