Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Last Places

IMAGE: Ministry of Defence Main Building, photograph by JoanneB via Wikipedia. Like the Pentagon, its better-known counterpart in the United States, Britain’s Ministry of Defence building is a fairly mundane, if gigantic, office block camouflaging a much more exciting subterranean realm of secret tunnels, bunkers, and — at least in the MoD’s case — a […]

Defrost Prior to Construction

When it was built in Chicago’s meatpacking district at the start of the 1920s, Fulton Market Cold Storage Company was touted as “an example of the very highest development in cold storage warehouse design.” IMAGE: Fulton Market Cold Storage Company advertisement from 1921, featured in California Fruit News, Volume 64, Issue 1722. At the time, […]

An Omnivorous Perspective on the Jurassic

As a fun footnote to my last post: Last month, Popular Science offered an entirely speculative guide to eating dinosaur meat. IMAGE: Struthiomimus altus, an ornithomimid from the Late Cretaceous, as illustrated by Nobu Tamura. In consultation with David Varricchio, a professor of paleontology at Montana State University, journalist Erin Berger surveyed the megafauna of […]

The Impossibility of Historical Flavour

During the Edible Archaeology panel at Foodprint NYC, Bill Grimes, former restaurant critic and current obituary writer for The New York Times, briefly referred to “one of the great mysteries for all culinary historians — what did it taste like?” What did the vegetables that they sold at Washington Market back in 1880 and 1890 […]