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Watch Orson Welles’ Intoxicating Wine Commercials That Became an 80s Cultural Phenomenon

“We will sell no wine before its time”: some Americans respond to this phrase with a chuckle of recognition, others by asking who’ll sell what wine before when. The difference must be generational, since those alive to watch television in the late 1970s and early 80s can’t have avoided hearing those words intoned on a regular basis — and in no less powerful a voice than Orson Welles’. Coming up on forty years after Citizen Kane, the former boy-wonder auteur had fallen on hard times. Stru...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Television, California, College, Orson Welles, Netflix, Food & Drink, Beethoven, Salvador Dalí, Carlsberg, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Jim Beam, Welles, Andy Kaufman


Anthony Bourdain Talks About the Big Break That Changed His Life–at Age 44

In 1999, Anthony Bourdain’s career seemed to have stalled. While his “principal vocation remained his position as executive chef” at New York’s Les Halles, restless intelligence and wanderlust kept him looking for other opportunities. “He was 43 years old, rode hard and put up wet,” writes Elizabeth Nelson at The Ringer, “a recovering addict with a number of debts and a penchant for finding trouble in failing restaurants across the city.” He had fought for and won an undeniable measure of ...
Tags: Google, Books, New York, Cook, Television, College, Food & Drink, Cia, Fast Company, New Yorker, Cape Cod, New England, Anthony Bourdain, Les Halles, Facebook Twitter, Michael Pollan


The Life & Death of an Espresso Shot in Super Slow Motion

Some YouTuber posted online a pretty nice clip of an espresso shot being pulled from a La Marzocco FB80 espresso machine at 120 frames per second. They recommend muting the sound, then putting on your own music. I gave it a quick shot with the famous soundtrack for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. And I’ll be damned, it syncs up pretty well. Have a better soundtrack to recommend? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below. Would you like to support the mission of...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, College, Food & Drink, Volkswagen, Kubrick, Facebook Twitter, William S Burroughs, Le Corbusier, Renato Bialetti, Hertella Coffee Machine Mounted, Kant Voltaire Kierkegaard


Watch a Korean Master Craftsman Make a Kimchi Pot by Hand, All According to Ancient Tradition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlwnBy16W0E The South Korean capital of Seoul, where I live, has in the 21st century astonished visiting Westerners with its technology, its infrastructure, and its sheer urban vitality. It strikes many of those Westerners (and I include myself among them) as considerably more developed than anywhere in the countries they came from. But however much Seoul may feel like the future, nowhere in Korea has the past wholly vanished. Take the bulbous earthenware ...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, College, History, Food & Drink, Korea, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Jin, Colin Marshall, Facebook Watch, 21st Century Los Angeles, Take Jin Gyu, Jin Gyu


The First American Cookbook: Sample Recipes from American Cookery (1796)

Image via Wikimedia Commons On the off chance Lin-Manuel Miranda is casting around for source material for his next American history-based blockbuster musical, may we suggest American Cookery by “poor solitary orphan” Amelia Simmons? First published in 1796, at 47 pages (nearly three of them are dedicated to dressing a turtle), it’s a far quicker read than the fateful Ron Chernow Hamilton biography Miranda impulsively selected for a vacation beach read. Slender as it is, there’s no shortage...
Tags: Google, College, New York City, America, Georgia, History, Britain, United States, Food & Drink, Smithsonian, Library Of Congress, Hamilton, Arizona State University, Facebook Twitter, Simmons, Lin Manuel Miranda


The Life Cycle of a Cup of Coffee: The Journey from Coffee Bean, to Coffee Cup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0VWroX0gZA Do you think you would recognize a coffee plant if you came across one in the wild? Not that it’s likely outside the so-called “coffee belt,” the region of the world most rich in soil, shade, mild temperatures, and copious rainfall. Farmed coffee plants “are pruned short to conserve their energy,” the National Coffee Association notes, but they “can grow to more than 30 feet (9 meters) high. Each tree is covered with green, waxy leaves growing ...
Tags: Google, College, Southeast Asia, Colombia, Food & Drink, Ethiopia, South America, Facebook Twitter, Saharan Africa, Durham NC Follow, Kant Voltaire Kierkegaard Josh Jones, the National Coffee Association


Cocktails with a Curator: The Frick Pairs Weekly Art History Lectures with Cocktail Recipes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAVlWxw9wh8 Once upon a time, not so long ago, First Fridays at the Frick were a gracious way for New Yorkers to kick off the weekend. Admission was waived, participants could take part in open sketching sessions or enjoy live performance, and curators were on hand to give mini lectures on the significance and historical context of certain prized paintings in the collection. Rather than pull the plug entirely when the museum closed due to the pandemic, the...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, Spain, Food & Drink, Museums, Proust, Facebook Twitter, Boucher, Velázquez, Pisco, Vermeer, Philip IV, Hans Holbein, Claude Monet


The Anti-Gluttony Door in Portugal’s Alcobaça Monastery Shamed Plump Monks to Start Fasting

Consider that you eat the sins of the people —inscription carved above the entrance to the Monastery of Alcobaça‘s refectory Apparently, the Monastery of Alcobaça‘s resident monks were eating plenty of other things, too. Eventually their reputation for excessive plumpness became problematic. A hefty physique may have signified prosperity and health in 1178 when construction began on the UNESCO World Heritage site, but by the 18th-century, those extra rolls of flesh were considered at odds with ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, College, China, Wikipedia, New York City, Religion, Architecture, Food & Drink, Portugal, David Bowie, Macao, Unesco World Heritage, Facebook Twitter, Beckford


Archaeologists Discover an Ancient Roman Snack Bar in the Ruins of Pompeii

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abspZyhQDm0 Have you ever wondered what generations hundreds or thousands of years hence will make of our strip malls, office parks, and sports arenas? Probably not much, since there probably won’t be much left. How much medium-density fibreboard is likely to remain? The colorful structures that make the modern world seem solid, the grocery shelves, fast food counters, and shiny product displays, will return to the sawdust from which they came. Back in ant...
Tags: Google, Greece, College, History, Bbc, Food & Drink, Italy, Starbucks, Cinnabon, Pompeii, Peter, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Mount Vesuvius, Durham NC Follow, Mount Vesuvius Re Created


Watch 26 Free Episodes of Jacques Pépin’s TV Show, More Fast Food My Way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idAUo_fyHW4 You need never endeavor to make any of the recipes world renowned chef Jacques Pépin produced on camera in his 2008 series More Fast Food My Way. The helpful hints he tosses off during each half hour episode more than justify a viewing. The menu for the episode titled “The Egg First!,” above, includes Red Pepper Dip, Asparagus Fans with Mustard Sauce, Scallops Grenobloise, Potato Gratin with Cream, and Jam Tartines with Fruit Sherbet so simple,...
Tags: Google, Cook, Television, College, Life, New York City, America, Food & Drink, Lyon, Julia Child, Zagat, Facebook Twitter, Jacques Pepin, Greg Kotis, Fruit Sherbet, More Fast Food My Way


When Italian Futurists Declared War on Pasta (1930)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VivVf_x3p28 We must fight against puddles of sauce, disordered heaps of food, and above all, against flabby, anti-virile pastasciutta. —poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Odds are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the father of Futurism and a dedicated provocateur, would be crestfallen to discover how closely his most incendiary gastronomical pronouncement aligns with the views of today’s low-carb crusaders. In denouncing pasta, “that absurd Italian gastronomic relig...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, Georgia, History, Food & Drink, Italy, Salvador Dalí, Mussolini, Naples, Julia Child, Benito Mussolini, Moma, Facebook Twitter, Bovino


The Hertella Coffee Machine Mounted on a Volkswagen Dashboard (1959): The Most European Car Accessory Ever Made

Current auto-industry wisdom holds that no car without cup holders will sell in America. Though this also seems to have become increasingly true across the rest of the world, I like to imagine there still exists a country or two whose driving public holds fast against that particular design vulgarism. Such places would, of course, lie deep in unreconstructed Europe, where nobody can go long without coffee. The solution? The Hertella Auto Kaffeemachine, the first and only known dashboard-mounted...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Technology, College, History, Food & Drink, Wes Anderson, Serbia, Volkswagen, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Roland Barthes, Le Corbusier, Colin Marshall, Honoré de Balzac


How Soy Sauce Has Been Made in Japan for Over 220 Years: An Inside View

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6bk_AGu5mw Soy sauce has figured into the cuisine of east Asia for more than two millennia. By that standard, the two-century-old Fueki Shoyu Brewing hasn’t been in the game long. But in running the operation today, Masatsugu Fueki can hardly be accused of failing to uphold tradition: he adheres to just the same practices for making soy sauce (shoyu, in Japanese) as the company’s founders did back in 1879. You can see the entire process in the Eater vide...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Japan, College, United States, Food & Drink, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Saitama Prefecture, 21st Century Los Angeles, Fueki, Masatsugu Fueki, Fueki Shoyu Brewing, Tokyo Fueki


The Plastic Bag Store: A Pop Art Installation with a Whimsical But Deadly Serious Environmental Message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKe9pPYN3Ac When COVID-19 exploded in New York City last March, it erased everything on the calendar, including: All live theater… The city’s freshly implemented ban on single use plastic bags… And  , a pop-up installation that was preparing to open in Times Square. The theaters remain dark, but the ban is back on, as of October 19th. The 7-month pause was hastened by the pandemic, but also by an unsuccessful lawsuit brought by flexible packing manufacture...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, New York City, Food & Drink, Times Square, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, Frohardt, Disgusting Food Museum Curates, Plastic Bag Store, Robin Frohardt


A Digital Library for Bartenders: Vintage Cocktail Books with Recipes Dating Back to 1753

So, um… you look like you could use a drink… or another drink, or five…. I’ve given it up, but I can still mix a mean cocktail. How about a Stomach Julep (Julepum Stomachicum). No white suit or veranda required. It’s a “saffron syrup made with sherry, spirit rectified with mint, and a non-alcoholic mint distillate” among other “fascinating ingredients.” Yes, this is a recipe from a 1753 pharmacology textbook, but in 1753, one’s bartender might just as well also be the local alchemist, pharmacis...
Tags: Google, New York, College, Washington, Chicago, Food & Drink, Libraries, Manhattan, William, Cuba, Facebook Twitter, SCHMIDT, Imperial, Hamburg Germany, Josh Jones, Digital Library


Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe

What shall we read before bed? Georgia O’Keeffe was a fan of cookbooks, telling her young assistant Margaret Wood that they were “enjoyable nighttime company, providing brief and pleasant reading.” Among the culinary volumes in her Abiquiu, New Mexico ranch home were The Fanny Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit and Cook Right, Live Longer. Also Pickups and Cheerups from the Waring Blender, a 21-page pamphlet featuring blended cocktails, that n...
Tags: Google, Art, Maryland, College, Georgia, Food & Drink, Libraries, Wood, Santa Fe, Gene Hackman, Facebook Twitter, Sotheby, Abiquiu, O'Keeffe, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ayun Halliday


How Some of the World’s Most Famous Cheeses Are Made: Camembert, Brie, Gorgonzola & More

Attention cheese lovers! Do you salivate at the thought of a Cheese Channel? Careful what you wish for. Food photographers employ all manner of disgusting tricks to make junky pancakes and fast food burgers look irresistibly mouthwatering. Food Insiders’ Regional Eats tour of the Italian Gorgonzola-making process inside a venerable, family-owned Italian creamery is the inverse of that. The finished product is worthy of a still life, but look out! Despite the deliberately gentle motio...
Tags: Travel, Google, College, Food & Drink, Italy, Seine, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Penicillium, Marne, Meaux, Marco Invernizzi, Trecate, Caseificio Si Invernizzi, Bermonville


Explore the Roman Cookbook, De Re Coquinaria, the Oldest Known Cookbook in Existence

Western scholarship has had “a bias against studying sensual experience,” writes Reina Gattuso at Atlas Obscura, “the relic of an Enlightenment-era hierarchy that considered taste, touch, and flavor taboo topics for sober academic inquiry.” This does not mean, however, that cooking has been ignored by historians. Many a scholar has taken European cooking seriously, before recent food scholarship expanded the canon. For example, in a 1926 English translation of an ancient Roman cookbook, Joseph ...
Tags: Google, College, History, Rome, Food & Drink, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Project Gutenberg, Durham NC Follow, Imperial Rome, Reina Gattuso, Joseph Dommers Vehling, Vehling, Cook Real Recipes, Yale Harvard Josh Jones


10,000 Vintage Recipe Books Are Now Digitized in The Internet Archive’s Cookbook & Home Economics Collection

“Early cookbooks were fit for kings,” writes Henry Notaker at The Atlantic. “The oldest published recipe collections” in the 15th and 16th centuries in Western Europe “emanated from the palaces of monarchs, princes, and grand señores.” Cookbooks were more than recipe collections—they were guides to court etiquette and sumptuous records of luxurious living. In ancient Rome, cookbooks functioned similarly, as the extravagant fourth century Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome demonstrates. Written...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, America, Rome, Atlantic, Food & Drink, New York Times, Smithsonian, Jesus, Archives, Western Europe, UCLA Berkeley, Facebook Twitter, Crocker, Josh Jones


A Database of 5,000 Historical Cookbooks–Covering 1,000 Years of Food History–Is Now Online

As you know if you’re a reader of this site, there are vast, interactive (and free!) scholarly databases online collecting just about every kind of artifact, from Bibles to bird calls, and yes, there are a significant number of cookbooks online, too. But proper searchable, historical databases of cookbooks seem to have appeared only lately. To my mind these might have been some of the first things to become available. How important is eating, after all, to virtually every part of our lives? The...
Tags: Google, College, Wikipedia, Food & Drink, Catherine, Joe, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, UTSA, Wheaton, Kaufman, Julia, Josh Jones, Childs, Julia Childs, Durham NC Follow


Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock & Other Jazz Musicians Sell Whisky & Spirits in Classic Japanese TV Commercials

I like to think that, when the occasion arises, I can speak passable Japanese. But pride goeth before the fall, and I fell flat on my first attempt to order a whisky in Tokyo. To my request for a Suntory neat the bartender responded only with embarrassed incomprehension. I repeated myself, pushing my Japanified pronunciation to parodic limits: saaan-to-riii nee-to. At some point the man deciphered my linguistic flailing. "Ah," he said, brightening, "suuu-to-raaay-to?" To think that I cou...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Japan, Television, College, James Brown, Food & Drink, Davis, Tokyo, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Dennis Hopper, Honda, Woody Allen, Seoul


The Recipes of Famous Artists: Dinners & Cocktails From Tolstoy, Miles Davis, Marilyn Monroe, David Lynch & Many More

Celebrities (those who are not professional celebrity chefs, that is) release cookbooks at an alarming rate. Do we imagine most of their recipes were actually curated by the person on the cover? Do we suppose that person has spent the countless hours in the kitchen required to become an authority on what the rest of us should eat? As in all things, it depends. Stanley Tucci seems to have more than proven his mettle, releasing two well-loved cookbooks and earning praise from Mario Batali. But I’...
Tags: Google, Cook, College, India, George Orwell, Food & Drink, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis, Salvador Dalí, Montreal, David Lynch, Emily Dickinson, Stanley Tucci, Leonard Cohen


Dessert Recipes of Iconic Thinkers: Emily Dickinson’s Coconut Cake, George Orwell’s Christmas Pudding, Alice B. Toklas’ Hashish Fudge & More

Image via Wikimedia Commons Of all the desserts to attain cultural relevance over the past century, can any hope to touch ? Calling for such ingredients as black peppercorns, shelled almonds, dried figs, and most vital of all Cannabis sativa, the recipe first appeared in 1954's The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. (Toklas would a time when the fudge's key ingredient had become an object of much more intense public interest.) More than a how-to on Toklas' favorite dishes, the book is also a kind of...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, France, George Orwell, Food & Drink, Literature, Seoul, Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust, Thomas Jefferson, Facebook Twitter, Dickinson


The Wine Windows of Renaissance Florence Dispense Wine Safely Again During COVID-19

Everything old is new again and Tuscany’s buchette del vino—wine windows—are definitely rolling with the times. As Lisa Harvey earlier reported in Atlas Obscura, buchette del vino became a thing in 1559, shortly after Cosimo I de’ Medici decreed that Florence-dwelling vineyard owners could bypass taverns and wine merchants to sell their product directly to the public. Wealthy wine families eager to pay less in taxes quickly figured out a workaround that would allow them to take advantage...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, College, Life, History, Architecture, Food & Drink, Florence, Tuscany, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Cosimo, Lisa Harvey, Francesco Rondinelli, Babae


Food As Pop with Prof. C. Thi Nguyen (Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #55)

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_055_7-17-20.mp3 Your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt are joined by Utah philosophy prof and former food writer C. Thi Nguyen to talk food as art, foodies, elitism, food TV, cooking vs. eating, and how analyzing food is like analyzing games. Read Thi's work at objectionable.net, including the article on "outrage porn" we talk about that he co-wrote with Bekka Williams, and his general...
Tags: Google, Utah, Hollywood, Podcasts, College, Food & Drink, Foodies, Facebook Twitter, Bourdain, Michael O Connell, Thi Nguyen, Jaron Gilinsky, Josephine Livingstone, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt


Historic Mexican Recipes Are Now Available as Free Digital Cookbooks: Get Started With Dessert

There are too many competing stories to tell about the pandemic for any one to take the spotlight for long, which makes coming to terms with the moment especially challenging. Everything seems in upheaval—especially in parts of the world where rampant corruption, ineptitude, and authoritarian abuse have worsened and prolonged an already bad situation. But if there’s a lens that might be wide enough to take it all in, I’d wager it’s the story of food, from manufacture, to supply chains, to the t...
Tags: Google, College, Mexico, Food & Drink, Petra, Facebook Twitter, UTSA, Torres, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Laura Esquivel, Atlas Obscura Related Content, Vintage Cookbooks Free, University of Texas San Antonio UTSA, Rico Torres Chef and Co, Mixtli


Cambridge University Professor Cooks 4000-Year-Old Recipes from Ancient Mesopotamia, and Lets You See How They Turned Out

Those of us who’ve dedicated a portion of our isolation to the art of sourdough have not suffered for a lack of information on how that particular sausage should get made. The Internet harbors hundreds, nay, thousands of complicated, contrary, often contradictory, extremely firm opinions on the subject. You can lose hours…days…weeks, agonizing over which method to use. The course for Bill Sutherland's recent culinary experiment was much more clearly charted. As documented in a series of now...
Tags: Travel, Google, Books, College, Life, History, Food & Drink, Cambridge, Cambridge University, Sutherland, Martha Stewart Living, Facebook Twitter, Near East, Mesopotamia, Conservation Biology, Bill Sutherland


Take a Virtual Tour of the World’s Only Sourdough Library

There’s 15-year-old Precious from the Netherlands… And Bubble from Australia, age 4… Yeasty Beasty Methuselah, from Twin Falls, Idaho, is estimated to be around 50… Every sourdough starter is special to the ones who made or maintain it, but of the 1000s registered online with Quest for Sourdough, only 125 have earned a permanent place in the Puratos Sourdough Library in Saint-Vith, Belgium. It's the world's only library dedicated to Sourdough, and you can take a virtual tour here. Housed...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, Australia, College, Mexico, Turkey, Food & Drink, New York Times, Paris, Italy, Netherlands, Libraries, Belgium, Bari, Atlas Obscura


Quarantine Cooking: 13 Professional Chefs Cook Pasta at Home with the Most Basic Ingredients Available

Bon Appétit takes you to the homes of 13 professional chefs, each cooking pasta with whatever they happen to have on hand. In the next half hour, you may pick up a few handy tips. Chefs featured include: Claire Saffitz, Brad Leone, Chris Morocco, Gaby Melian, Andy Baraghani, Sohla El-Waylly, Amiel Stanek, Alex Delany, Carla Lalli Music, Priya Krishna, Rick Martinez, Christina Chaey and Molly Baz. via Mefi Related Content: How to Bake Ancient Roman Bread Dating Back to 79 AD: A Video Prim...
Tags: Google, College, Food & Drink, New York Times, Bon Appetit, Facebook Twitter, MeFi, Professional Chefs Cook Pasta, Krishna Rick Martinez Christina Chaey, Molly Baz


Japanese Artist Has Drawn Every Meal He’s Eaten for 32 Years: Behold the Delicious Illustrations of Itsuo Kobayashi

Since the 1980s, Itsuo Kobayashi has drawn a picture of every single meal he eats. However notable we find this practice now, it would surely have struck us as downright eccentric back then. Kobayashi began drawing his food before the arrival of inexpensive digital cameras and cellphones, and well before the smartphone combined the two into the single package we now keep close at hand. We all know people who take camera-phone pictures of their meals, some of them with the regularity and solemni...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, New York, College, US, Food & Drink, Wes Anderson, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Artnet, Kobayashi, Fukuyama, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Sarah Cascone



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