Warning: Giant (Fun) Timesuck Ahead

Sharon December 12th, 2008


 Must. Finish. Book.  Must. Not. Look.

On the other hand, maybe some of you have time to kill.  Enjoy!


7 Responses to “Warning: Giant (Fun) Timesuck Ahead”

  1. Susan in NJon 12 Dec 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, not that I have time to kill right now, but I can’t wait until I do! Thanks for the link.

  2. Sarahon 12 Dec 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Woww…and that word says “loquats”, doesn’t it? Not locusts. Darn. I was all hoping for an entertaining fried-grasshopper recipe.

    If anyone else wants food-related internet time to kill and likes words, there’s also http://www.freerice.org

  3. EJ Hurston 12 Dec 2008 at 4:57 pm

    That’s right Sharon. You go girl!

  4. Rebeccaon 12 Dec 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Wow. Vodka penne was invented the year I was born. I am definitely going to have to try that now. ;-)

  5. Adamon 12 Dec 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Very interesting website - thanks for posting!

    Also, am I the only one shocked to see that this decades contribution to the food timeline included two fried beverages? How is that even possible?

  6. Leila Abu-Sabaon 13 Dec 2008 at 1:19 am

    This seems related to culinary history thread: SF Chronicle article about the history of wheat in the Bay ARea. Yes, people used to grow wheat in Alameda County and down the valley to San Jose.


    One small organic farmer is trying it again, and there’s a researcher who is working with old heirloom varieties to see what does well in this climate. They say a soft wheat works best. I have a book about “Californio” cooking of the Bay Area - cuisine of the Hispanic/Mexican folk of California pre-1849. They ate flour tortillas, not corn, and I’m wondering if the soft wheat was better for flatbreads.

    BTW the book is California Rancho Cooking by Jacqueline Higuera McMahan. I found it at the library first; ordered it online; and then saw it for sale in a State Park gift shop in Mission San Juan Bautista (45 miles south of S. Jose). Really lovely recipes and reading, gives a fascinating food history of California before the arrival of Anglos.

    The sacred trinity of Californios according to McMahan: the olive, the fig and the chile. Yum, huh?

  7. Greenpaon 13 Dec 2008 at 10:08 am

    China? What China?

    Yike. fun- and loads of details; but the foods I’m most familiar with also have tremendous numbers of untruths in their history-mostly the common ones stemming from a regional author with vast local experience- but none from 1,000 miles away.

    Still- learned some useful stuff, of course.

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