Thursday, October 8, 2009

Invite LM Boyd to lunch

You can call yourself a locavore if you adhere to the hundred-mile diet. You know, it’s when you eat only that food stuff which is grown or raised within 100 miles of your home. Hereabouts it’s mostly squirrels.

Forty thousand early risers belong to BackyardChickens.com.

Now you know that there were 12 delis in Newark back in 1945. Today, there are but two. Originally, clientele was 10 percent black and 75 percent Jewish. Today, it’s 50/50. Jewish delis were strong in the 1930s with at least 1,500 kosher and kosher style. Today, only about two dozen kosher places remain. Few make their own matzo balls.

Hebrew National pastrami is now owned by ConAgra Foods.

'Twas cooking that moved us into chewing less and thinking more. That’s according to the author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. We came down from the trees the first time maybe two and a half million years ago. And our brains swelled. Our ancestors were looking for sex. About a million years later, our brain swelled again. That’s when we started cooking. Literally and figuratively.

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