Posts Tagged: food

A History of the Last Meal, and the "Intimate Relationship Between Food and Death"

Via Longreads, a piece by Brent Cunningham at Lapham's Quarterly that had me at hello:

In January 1985, Pizza Hut aired a commercial in South Carolina that featured a condemned prisoner ordering delivery for his last meal.

The essay covers many angles of this alternately compassionate, perverse and titillating idea—the paradox of "marking the end of a life with the stuff that sustains it," the plain fact that "eating and dying are universal and densely symbolic human processes." There's of course a lot of great history: in Rome, gladiators were feasted well on the night before the arena, and the Aztecs, as part of a [...]


Ask a Glutton: When Your Food Groups Are Cheese, Chocolate, and Coffee

So here's my question: my boyfriend and I are moving in together next month (hurray!) and we have pretty polar opposite taste in foods. He has never met a vegetable he didn't like and could kind of take or leave dessert most of the time. My favorite food groups are cheese, chocolate, and coffee, and while I enjoy veggies, I would never pick beets over a brownie. He would be happy to have salad for dinner every night, whereas I tend to want something more akin to meat and potatoes. Do you have any ideas for me? Unhealthy veggies? Healthy cheesy things? Chocolate-covered kale does not sound so good to [...]


Let This Champagne Bottle Explain How 75% of Men Come Within 3 Minutes

Just when you think a subject (the difference between "porn sex" and "real sex") has been run into the ground by a stampede of good intentions, you watch an airy three-minute video of fruits and vegetables and a crisp, soothing British voice explaining statistics that make you go WHAT? omg WHATTT, and you realize you don't know anything, and that life is a forest of the strange and unknowable. Mostly SFW, except for this one part where a banana emerges from a jar of chocolate with a truly alarming close-up on the choco texture.


Kate Christensen's Blue Plate Special; Or, "Another Fucking Food Book"

Six-time novelist Kate Christensen has written another beautiful book, and this one's a memoir, out now from Random House. It’s called Blue Plate Special, after the home-cooked, simple but sustaining meals her mother used to make. As I read Kate’s “autobiography of appetites”—some food-based but others not; this is a story of life told through food in the venerable tradition of M.F.K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth Reichl, and its scope is much greater than what’s on a plate—I laughed and cried, and sometimes I snacked. As Kate writes in her prologue, “to taste fully is to live fully. And to live fully is to be awake and responsive [...]


This Moving Animated Short Features a Fiona Apple Cover of "Pure Imagination," Is an Ad for Chipotle

The cognitive dissonance engendered by a near-billion-dollar company marketing itself in this manner is cancelled out and then some by Fiona's wonderful Willy Wonka cover. (And in other good cover news, here's the Arctic Monkeys doing Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home.") More related to this video: anyone have any good ethical eating ideas? I don't consider myself a very responsible consumer, but I love my Ann Arbor meat and vegetable CSAs.


A Real Argument for Doing That Thing Where You Rub the Chopsticks for No Real Reason

Via Well:

The researchers found that even simple rituals, which they defined as “a series of behaviors that are seemingly irrelevant to the act that follows,” like scraping wooden chopsticks together or tapping a soda can before pulling the tab, raised participants’ interest in what they subsequently ate or drank. And rituals appeared capable of enhancing the enjoyment not just of treats like chocolate or lemonade but even baby carrots.

Or: why, yes, I'd be thrilled to open the bottle of wine. What is your Nomar-at-the-plate move? And how does one ritualize baby carrots, of all things??? [Well]


In context of New York City's ambitious plans to compost 10% of its residential food waste and process much of that waste into biogas, the New Yorker has put up a slideshow of artistic perspectives on food decomposition, and NPR has another idea for what you might do with your leftovers, many of which are non-compostable to begin with: you could use an app called LeftoverSwap to barter them, or just give them away.



Drake's Recipe for Pound Cake


Butter Sugar Love Warmth A few tears 5 eggs


Go to the closest Safeway, maybe the one down on Willowdale Ave., buy up about thirty or forty pound cakes from the bakery section. Wink at the baker, call her "ma'am." Stop at the local post office, ask Jerry the mailman how the kids are doing. Tell him you've been meaning to get to Nate's soccer games, but just been so damn busy! You know how it is, Jerry. Package up each pound cake individually, throw in one chain from your neck to each box, for good measure. Mark individually with "delicate" and "handle with care." Smile, [...]


The "I Dare You" Chickpeanutbutter-and-Honey Bars

Once upon a time, there was a piece of straw, a piece of coal, and darling little bean who escaped from an old lady who wanted to kill them. They banded together and set off on an adventure. When they came upon a brook, only the bean stayed behind. The straw and the coal tried to help one another across, and they both “died”, and then their pal, the bean, watching from the shore, laughed so hard he exploded. But then a wandering tailor saved him! Whaaat? The moral of the story is that beans are crazy.

This is the bar version of my I Dare You chickpea [...]


Briar Rose Yogurt Ghost