Posts tagged with food

“Our special today is mesquite-grilled sushi, Cajun style.”

—‘Max Headroom’ Ronald Reagan Cafe ’80s Menu Robot in Back to the Future II, accurately predicting how people in the 2010s will imagine ’80s food.

Jody examined the deer hide. It was large and handsome, red with spring. The game seemed to him to be two different animals. On the chase, it was the quarry. He wanted only to see it fall. When it lay dead and bleeding, he was sickened and sorry. His heart ached over the mangled death. Then when it was cut into portions, and dried and salted and smoked; or boiled or baked or fried in the savory kitchen or roasted over the camp-fire, it was only meat, like bacon, and his mouth watered at its goodness. He wondered by what alchemy it was changed, so that what sickened him one hour, maddened him with hunger, the next. It seemed as though there were either two different animals or two different boys.

The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

My idiot brain momentarily misread this as, “FOOD FOR HERZOG”, and now I must move to L.A. to become his cook so that my forthcoming memoir so titled won’t be a lie.

The Cheese President

The Cheese President

President Jackson kept wheels and wheels of cheese at the White House and served cheese at every party. For his second inauguration he was given a 1400 pound Cheddar by his admirers. (Pictured above being served after two years of aging, it was eaten in two hours.)

cf the Cheshire Mammoth Cheese presented to President Thomas Jefferson. Made with milk from every cow in the town of Cheshire, MA, it bore the motto “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

More here: “Big Cheese”from The New Yorker and Real Life at the White House.

( via Sietsema)

Nature Morte

Nature Morte

Grant Cornett’s Nature Morte series.

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The 19th Century gardener grew 30 kinds of apples in his orchard, ranging in taste from bitter to sweet. Today, “the large red apple” caters to the public love of all that is “sweet, smooth, and outwardly appealing.” Bread, which was once the crusty staff of life, is now “half-masticated … before reaching the mouth,” and caters to the taste which prefers fruit juice to fruit, chopped meat to a cut off the joint, mashed potato, ice cream, and a host of packaged powders which water turns into infinite varieties of pap.

Time Magazine review of Mechanization Takes Command from 1948

Futurist Meals

Some pointers for dining from the Futurists, from Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s Manifesto of Futurist Cookery (1930):

  • No more pasta, as it causes lassitude, pessimism and lack of passion
  • A prevalence of sculpted foods, including meats whose main appeal is to the eye and imagination
  • Abolition of the knife and fork
  • Use perfumes to enhance the tasting experience
  • A perfect meal requires originality and harmony in the table setting (crystal, china, décor) extending to the flavours and colours of the foods
  • Some food on the table should not be eaten, but only experienced by the eyes and nose
  • Food should arrive rapidly and contain many flavors, but only a few mouthfuls in size
  • All political discussion and speeches are forbidden
  • Music and poetry should be forbidden except during certain intervals

These were probably a bit more shocking in 1930. Sadly, the book is out of print. You can find more in this Artforum piece and at Cabinet Magazine.

Next time you feel like preparing some pasta, remember:

“The defenders of pasta are shackled by its ball and chain like convicted lifers or carry its ruins in their stomachs like archaeologists.”

Man ive never seen amazon meters before. wish you could make your own.

Butcher’s Stall with the Flight into Egypt

Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt

For between £200 and £2,000, people can buy a cow that stands no taller than a large German shepherd dog, gives 16 pints of milk a day that can be drunk unpasteurised, keeps the grass “mown” and will be a family pet for years before ending up in the freezer.

Quote from an article in The Times on the Dexter, an Irish breed of mini-cow.

Above is Pieter Aertsen’s Butcher’s Stall with the Flight into Egypt.

Both via Pruned.

Magdalena Bors and Candyland Gone Bad

Magdalena Bors and Candyland Gone Bad

The homemade landscapes of Australian photographer Magdalena Bors.

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The Grammar of Cookery

The Grammar of Cookery

More Penguin cookery book covers can be found here.

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bron has a subscrip

Presented in a glass-topped wooden box containing an edible seascape made up of abalone, razor clams, shrimps and oysters, it is served with an iPod so diners can listen to marine sound effects while they eat.

—Some website re: a dish at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck

“The iPod is configured to repeatedly play Ween’s album The Mollusk on shuffle.”

hahwaaha seriously though that would totally sail this concept right out of chocolate town.

Untitled Image

Thanks to the wonders of Amazon book search, I have discovered that ancient romans actually possessed LASER TECHNOLOGY and that these Romans in their infinite classical wisdom used the lasers to create a delicious pork sauce! The image gobsmacking your domepiece right now comes from the ever-invaluable Apicius

( via actually it might have been google, but i think amazon. yes, I google “laser sauce” in my spare time.)

yes it was google. I think I clicked “books” by mistake. This was a long while ago.

Plotting Basil

Plotting Basil

FoodPairing builds connected graphs of flavor components of major foods in order to suggest food pairings and interchangeable products.

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basil was one of the first foods I looked at when I saw this website as well. I need to spend a little more time looking this over before I can form a conclusive opinion, I think.