For inexplicable reasons, I've been reading a lot about food this past week. It's funny how the conversations about food that we have now are different from ones we would have had ten, or even five years ago. Maybe we're just more aware of what we're putting into our bodies and our relationship with the deliciousness that sustains us.
"Author’s note: A section of this essay has been interpreted by some as inciting violence against cupcake shops. Following consultation with my attorney, I would like to clarify that it is purely rhetorical and, furthermore, go on record as saying I do not and have never advocated political violence against the proprietors of baked goods stores."
“As a culture, we’ve become upset by the tobacco companies advertising to children, but we sit idly by while the food companies do the very same thing. And we could make a claim that the toll taken on the public health by a poor diet rivals that taken by tobacco.”
Because who can say no to cute animal doughnuts? Really.
"We’ve only known for sure that our tongue has specific taste buds for glutamic acid for 13 years. So for chefs like Chang, the Fat Duck’s Heston Blumenthal, Umami Burger’s Adam Fleischman, and many others around the world, umami’s flavors have become one of cooking’s most exciting new frontiers. The new flavors they’re creating use advanced methods to expand on what millions around the world (but especially in east Asia) have known for centuries — that foods rich in glutamic acid are delicious, and we want to eat them."
"The Chicken Mexican Wrap is an example of my favorite type of McDonald's menu item: it is only available in a country that is not the USA, and invokes an additional foreign place in its name. The double indirection is great in the same way that ordering Japanese spaghetti at those places on St. Mark's is great. In Germany, McDonald's sold a "Honolulu Chicken Sandwich" (with "Maui Cheese Potatoes"). Finland has a salsa-topped burger called El Maco."
"A week after moving to Germany, we decided to celebrate my husband’s birthday by going out for dinner. The only problem was we didn’t really know German."
"Yet that’s not what I remember when I think about that evening. I remember how we topped slices of bread with kale, tomatoes and tapenade. I remember how we promised to go get the blueberries and honeycomb for dessert. But that never happened. There were more important things to be done."