Nutmeg and Mace, Myristica fragrans
Winter continues to serve up its worst, but a warm kitchen -- filled with the aromas of hearty slow-cooked dishes helps get us through February. Well, that, and Valentine’s Day. Or maybe both. It is no accident that Valentine’s Day falls in the dead of winter (is any couple foolish enough to break up during such a dismally icy month?).
Regular subscribers to our updates newsletter receive these updates from our blog, Just Served, directly -- but there is much more at the blog that isn’t delivered automatically. The blog continues to be neglected while plugging away at a book project... but Roll Magazine served up an amuse bouche from our book, Terms of Vegery, as “Go Ahead, Just Take a Little Taste…”.
Leitesculinaria has reposted twenty-two of our backlisted (and vaguely historical) LC pieces here.
Sans additional comment, we’ll conclude this month’s introductory palaver with just two excerpts from On the Table’s culinary quote collection:
The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animals. Some of their most esteemed inventions have no other apparent purpose, for example, the dinner party of more than two, the epic poem, and the science of metaphysics. HL Mencken
God have mercy on the sinner / Who must write with no dinner, / No gravy and no grub, / No pewter and no pub, / No belly and no bowels, / Only consonants and vowels. John Crowe Ransom
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---- the new sites ----
(Cynthia Bertelsen on the how and why of early cookbooks)
(sociologist Gwen Sharp’s analysis of marketing techniques used on menus)
(Melanie Warner’s New York Times article about Dr. Fred Kummerow, one of the first scientists to note the connection between trans fats – and oxidized fats – with heart disease)
(an archive of preserved, mostly twentieth-century, recipes – from handwritten cards, clippings, and cookbooks)
(Alice DeLuca on colorants that predate Red Dye #2)
(David Hagerman’s food and travel photography)
(Rachel Laudan – and Henry Voigt – offer some insights into cross-cultural cuisine)
(Marlena Spieler’s post-accident account “phantom scents and distortions of actual smells — phantosmia and parosmia, respectively;” in The New York Times)
(Cynthia Bertelsen on the early history of cookbooks, along with an excellent bibliography of cookbook bibliographies)
---- inspirational (or otherwise) sites for writers/bloggers ----
---- yet another blog ----
---- that’s all for now ----
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