12 Things I’ve Learned About Food from Watching Gilmore Girls

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I was in seventh grade when “Gilmore Girls” first aired on the WB. While I navigated the awkward and angsty landscape that is middle school, “Gilmore Girls” was an escape; a quirky, whimsical world I could retreat to. A lot has changed since 2000, but I still love the show, which is why I couldn’t contain my excitement about the news of a “Gilmore Girls” revival on Netflix.

If you’re also a fan of “Gilmore Girls,” you know that food — between Friday night dinners at Richard and Emily’s house, breakfast at Luke’s Diner, and takeout from Al’s Pancake World — plays a huge role in the show. In honor of the triumphant return of the best TV show ever, here are all the things I’ve learned about food (and drink) from “Gilmore Girls.”

1. An endless supply of coffee — preferably from Luke’s — is necessary for survival.

This one goes without saying. Lorelai and Rory’s fast-paced banter and witty remarks are fueled by a steady stream of hot coffee.

2. You should take pizza very, very seriously.

Even though Lorelai and Rory are taking about “The Donna Reed Show” in this scene, the sentiment can definitely be translated to their feelings on pizza.

3. When it comes to baked goods, know your boundaries.

This nugget of wisdom is a result of Lorelai trying (unsuccessfully) to explain why she can’t date Rory’s teacher, Max Medina — but it’s solid advice to remember as you go through life, nonetheless.

4. Use idle time wisely.

What did we do before Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet? Ate more sandwiches, that’s what.

5. Maybe not everyone wants to hear about your meat rub.

Take a page out of Jackson’s book and choose your dinner conversation topics wisely; most people probably aren’t as excited about spice mixtures as us Kitchn readers.

6. When serving snacks to guests, make sure to put out plenty of plates to eat off too.

Oh, Gran. What a difficult woman! If you also have a disgruntled old relative coming over, make sure to eliminate any opportunities for them to criticize you.

7. It’s perfectly acceptable to cheers with Chinese takeout.

Who needs Champagne anymore? When discussing repainting the apartment (“A new color scheme for a new era”), a clink of chopsticks always does the trick.

8. Cupcakes make everything better.

Fran knew what was up: When you deliver bad news (like, say, you can’t buy the Dragonfly Inn from my family), always follow up with an offer of cupcakes.

9. When your husband is deep-frying the organic turkey you bought for Thanksgiving, drink copious amounts of alcohol until you don’t care anymore.

This one also reminds me of some other sage advice: Never, under any circumstances, drink Miss Patty’s Founders’ Day Punch.

10. If you want to get revenge on someone, keep it classy.

Egging cars is so childish. If you really want to do things right, make sure you use deviled eggs.

11. Think twice before you order that second glass of wine at lunch.

I can’t even begin to imagine “Gilmore Girls” without Richard. Sadly, with the recent passing of Edward Herrmann, the show will have to continue without him. Let’s honor him by adhering to the one-glass-of-wine-at-lunch rule.

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12. Never underestimate the power of a Pop-Tart.

And here all this time I thought Pop-Tarts just tasted like cardboard! Looks like I better organize a Pop-Tart tasting soon to see if I can pick up on these nuanced flavors.

What have you learned about food from “Gilmore Girls”? Tell us in the comments!