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Last call: An intriguing Jell-O history and a supermarket made of felt

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Jell-O Girls

Illustration for article titled Last call: An intriguing Jell-O history and a supermarket made of felt
Photo: Gwen Ihnat
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Jell-O is one of those foods that was an absolute staple of my childhood: with whipped cream, in salads, and my aunt even made a mold that put carrots in purple gelatin. Granted, I don’t consume as much Jell-O now as much as I did then (although my kids love Jell-O snack packs in their lunches), but I was nonetheless intrigued by this biography that recently floated across my desk: Jell-O Girls: A Family History. Author Allie Rowbottom is the great-great-great niece of the original Jell-O patent holder, and her dying mother urged her to write the volume that depicted the Jell-O curse that plagued the female members of the Rowbottom family. I’ve just started it, but it’s a captivating narrative bio that offers a fascinating, mysterious history behind an everyday grocery product. [Gwen Ihnat]

A supermarket made of felt

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If you happen to live in or visit L.A. in August, you’ll have the chance to check out a grocery store made entirely of felt fabric. It’s a piece of art created by Lucy Sparrow and will be on display at The Standard museum through August; absolutely every piece of the 31,000 items in the supermarket is made of soft, comforting fabric. And if you really like the fuzzy banana, good news: Everything is for sale. [Kate Bernot]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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Not in LA, but back at the old firm the craft workshop folk once created a traditional corner shop with papier mache products and Andy Warhol style painted packets and tins. Rather impressive at the time.