Monthly Archives: May 2012

Prince Charles’ Leftover Bread Pudding

IMAGE: From left to right, Prince Charles’ leftover chunk of bread and butter pudding, Michael Winner, and the morsel of lemon drizzle cake he didn’t consume. Photo: Apex via The Guardian. A charming article in today’s Guardian simultaneously alerts us to the existence, and plight of, the Museum of Celebrity Leftovers. Founded by artists and […]

The Most Beautiful Corn in the World

IMAGE: Glass gem corn, via the Seeds Trust Facebook page. This photograph of an ear of glass gem corn has been making the rounds on the internet over the past week (often accompanied with a note declaring it is NOT PHOTOSHOPPED!). What happened is that, last year, seedsman Greg Schoen was moving and left some […]

The History and Techniques of Napkin Folding

For the second in her lovely “On the Table” series exploring “the encounter between food and art,” writer Charlotte Birnbaum has focused on the overlooked riches of European napkin-folding culture. IMAGE: The covers of the first two books in Charlotte Birnbaum’s On the Table series, published by Sternberg Press (distribution seems to be relatively limited, […]

Food Preservation and the Accidental History of Extremophile Research

IMAGE: Thermophiles, a type of extremophile that can exist in superheated environments, are responsible for the bright colors of Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park. Photograph by Jim Peaco, National Park Service. Last night at Studio-X NYC, NASA astrobiologist Lynn Rothschild said several extraordinary things. Over the course of a live interview discussing her research […]

Sensoaesthetic Spoons

IMAGE: Copper, zinc, gold, and stainless steel spoons; from “Tasting spoons: Assessing how the material of a spoon affects the taste of the food,” by Betina Piqueras-Fiszman, Zoe Laughlin, Mark Miodownik, and Charles Spence, published in Volume 24 of Food Quality and Preference. Writing for the Financial Times, Fuschia Dunlop reports on a recent spoon-tasting […]