let them eat cake

t w lim
A (mostly) weekly essay about contemporary food systems (and also, food), written by a chef/restaurateur. Socialist at heart, but not every week.
Created 14 Feb 2019
  • no. 45: please duck soup responsibly
    29 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Hullo to readers old and new! First, an announcement. I’m doing some pop-ups in Cambridge and Somerville, featuring some lesser known dishes from Singapore. The first three will be: Sunday 3 Oct, at B...
  • no. 44: internet portals
    12 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    In the last issue of this newsletter, I wrote about how incentives in real estate markets align to generate demand for restaurants from an unexpected direction – not from diners, but from developers a...
  • no. 43: too good to refuse
    21 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    This issue is about the connection between restaurants and real estate development in the United States. I’ve wanted to write something like this for a while, and was finally nudged off the cliff by B...
  • no. 42: socialmedia megamerger superstar
    30 May 2021 • 5 min read
    As we get used to eating in restaurants again, we also, inevitably, get used to turning a blind eye to the problems of the industry again. Jaya Saxena took on this problem in a terrific article for Ea...
  • no. 41: random uses of uppercase
    25 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Hullo to readers old and new! This is a companion piece to something I published back in January, about the cost of hawker food in Singapore. I promise I don’t only write about hawker food – you can s...
  • no. 40 knowing how it feels
    07 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 5 1
    Hullo to readers old and new! Sunday morning feels to me like the right time to read essays about food and society. I hope you agree. You can see all the back issues here. Share let them eat cake If, ...
  • no. 39: prices paid
    25 Jan 2021 • 1 min read • 2 2
    Hullo to readers old and new! If you’re just joining us from Substack’s What to Read, welcome, and I’m delighted that you’re here. This week’s essay asks: How Much Should Hawker Food Cost in Singapore...
  • recipes
    29 Oct 2020 • 6 min read • 5 2
    Hullo to readers old and new. I’m working on a series about the economics and power dynamics of food in Singapore (where I grew up). The first of these pieces will be co-published with my friends at N...
  • no.37: shops and houses
    15 Oct 2020 • 5 min read • 5 0
    Hullo to readers old and new. This is yet another of my (mostly) weekly essays about food systems and food. This is not the place for the topics and hot takes you’ll see in the mainstream media. For t...
  • home cooking
    01 Oct 2020 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Hullo to readers old and new. I’m doing my best to eat non-stop in a Singapore that seems normal (to the extent that Singapore ever is) except for the face masks. More on that over the next few weeks....
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