Every Friday afternoon, HuffPost Food rounds up some of the best food articles of the week. Start your weekend off with some quality food writing, and hopefully quality food as well! Think we missed something great? Let us know.

Outside, The Gumbo Chronicles
Has the Gulf recovered from the BP oil spill? Something's a bit fishy.

CNN, Oh, Candidates? Grit Your Teeth And Listen
Liking grits doesn't make you a Southerner.

The Atlantic, How Britain Shunned The Pub And Became A Nation Of Wine Drinkers
A brief history of English drinking.

Wall Street Journal, Knives Are Out For No-Show Diners
You break it, you buy it.

James Beard Foundation, Eating To The Extreme
How broadening your culinary horizons can help improve our food system.

Salon, America's Original Fast Food
Through press manipulation and worker exploitation, United Fruit Co. transformed the once rare banana into a staple.

Chow, The Next Big Drink You're Going to Hate
Get ready for Moutai.

The Atlantic, The Secret Ingredient
Liquor companies love to claim they use closely guarded, centuries-old recipes. usually it’s just marketing.

Men's Journal, Meet Joshua Applestone, America’s Hottest Butcher
America's hottest butcher is a foul-mouthed former vegan who wants you to think before you eat meat.