Tuesday, September 18, 2007

picky eaters

My mother, NOT the only person I know who makes unintentional pastry-themed puns, described much of the September food issue of The New Yorker as "fillers" and "fluffy."

But she recommended the Claudia Roden article and so I read it and now I recommend it too. I especially like it when the author presses the point with Roden about what actually makes a recipe authentic. (103)

I also liked a short portion of McPhee's article, about a diet of edible wild plants. (87-88)

And I liked the beginning and end of Acocella on the Dante translation. When she was talking about the actual translation, and the notes. (127 & 131-33)

I loved (not in the food issue, but relevant) John Seabrook, "Annals of Agriculture, Sowing for the Apocalypse, The creation of a global seed bank" about the politics and history of monoculture and seed banks. Aug 27 (60-71)

In that same issue was the sort of unsatisfying Alex Ross on Copland, which ended beautifully, when it stopped trying to be so historical. (40)

And Paul Goldberger's "Retro Opulence on Central Park West" had a lot of zingers.

My mother also thought Thurman's colonic spa thing was a testament to what is wrong with the world today. I read it first thing.

And, if, as Emdashes' link suggests, Gopnik's essay in the food issue was him implying that other people are "privileged, nostalgic and naive" I definitely have to read it.



Blogger JJB said...

If the food issue was fluff, what is this style issue?

5:12 PM  
Blogger zp said...

frippery. a pile of rags. bargain basement. chintzy. window dressing. thrown together. buttoned up. old school (tie).

I don't know, I haven't gotten it yet.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Raquel Laneri said...

Ha! The Style Issue: Donatella profile was disappointing (maybe I've just read too many profiles on her, but there was nothing new or exciting to me in this one), couldn't get through Patricia Marx's coat-shopping adventure, but Dana Goodyear's profile on Kim Hastreiter is a lot of fun!

12:36 PM  
Blogger juniper pearl said...

i loved the seed-bank article, too, and sadly i'm the only person i know who remembers the northern exposure episode where mike, who was living in a hypoallergenic dome, gathered up a collection of fruits and vegetables with ed and attempted to undertake a similar project. it was quite touching, the two of them at their little table with a pile of tomatoes and some tweezers, and i was a little put out that the new yorker article didn't mention it--but then, i'm pretty sure the episode didn't mention the already existent bank.

1:43 PM  
Blogger zp said...

I only saw that particular episode of Northern Exposure since the advent of Netflix! I missed it the first time around.

11:07 AM  

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