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Food Sites for March 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The grave of Julius Caesar, in Rome’s Forum

The Ides of March are almost upon us... and being frivolously food-obsessed, we naturally think of Caesar Salad (which, of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with the very late emperor). We’ve visited the subject before, so no need to exhume it now.  As some unknown wag has so aptly put it, “Rome wasn’t burned in a day.” 

It’s a phrase we find oddly comforting in these perilous times.

Last month, on Just Served, we ranted a bit about a couple of products that have been sacrificed to someone else’s notions of progress. The essay is called “Products Perdu.”

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It should be obvious, by now, that weve come to purée Caesar, not to braise him... and, since we started this issue with a soupçon of political innuendo, we might as well conclude this month’s quote (from On the Table’s culinary quote collection) by dishing out more of the same.

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist—the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil one must mix with one’s vinegar. Oscar Wilde  
You can’t make a good speech on iced water. Winston Churchill 
Alcohol is a very necessary article. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning. George Bernard Shaw

March, 2017

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(Awanthi Vardaraj, at Paste Quarterly, on “the glorious varieties of Indian desserts” non-Indians have probably never tasted)

(an exhibit, by the USDA, about the Bureau of Home Economics begun in the 1930s)

(Nicola Miller serves them up, hot and fresh, at Paste)

(Sharon Butler, at Smithsonian Journeys Quarterly, notes that artists—starving or not—have been fascinated by food since the Stone Age)

(recipes and culture of the region)

(as Paul Rudnick wrote in the The New York Times, “…sugar tastes really, really good”)

(as Adam Teeter explains at Vinepair, it’s both complicated and not so much)

(Jan Whitaker on one of America’s most famous eaters)

(Michelle Allison, in The Atlantic, says we choose our diets based on our fear of death)

(another Lucky Peach guide, this one excerpted from Seductions of Rice, by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid)

(Rachel Lauden on the tasks involved to provide and prepare Irish staple before the famine)

(Dwight Furrow, at Edible Arts, tells us that we can only taste what we expect to taste; the article is about wine, but is applicable to other tastes)

(Victoria Pope, at Smithsonian Journeys Quarterly, answers the question: “War… what is it good for?”)

(The Back Label’s Camille Berry decants the improbable secret behind luscious dessert wines, like Chateau d’Yquem)

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