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We have a feeling that The Simpsons' episode The Food Wife has ruffled some food feathers.

Regardless of opinions, we would like to point out that the show hit on a variety of trends and influences — the intersection of various cuisines, popup food culture, and the ongoing conflicts between new media, traditional media, and chefs.

Writers captured the growing obsession with all things culinary in the song, Blogging a Food Blog, which was an homage to Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z. Grub Street interviewed Simpsons Executive Producer Matt Selman, who shared some of the lyrics:

I'm throwing down mad foodie game, knowing all the chefs' names
Rolling into K-Town for beepin' boppin' bulgogi
The hotties I chill with are sriracha and kimchee
Housemade terrines, my ducks are always confit
I braise with a billion more BTUs than I need
I cook a Thanksgiving turkey in a trash-bag, sous vide
Afumatoare in Brindisi Fed-Exes me salami
Don't scoop me gelato unless it's got umami
I'll be "Frank" like Bruni, "Ruthless" like Reichl "Wiley" like Dufresne, and when I take the mike, I'll Rhyme about radicchio, criticize Colicchio
Every pub is gastro, and all my beef carpaccio

We love all of the Korean food references. Watch the full episode here