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MEAT CITY

Well, it’s more like a meat forest, or, even more bizarrely, a meat winter wonderland: the latest ad campaign(s) for Negroni, an Italian salumi company. (Look up the definition of salumi in The Food Snob’s Dictionary.)

October 28, 2007 More Food Snobbery »

FIVE SONGS THAT SOUND LIKE THEY OUGHT TO BE SUNG BY THE MUPPETS

Pursuant to the previous entry in Rock Snobbery:

“I Zimbra,” Talking Heads
“The Guns of Brixton,” the Clash
“Bury Me With It,” Modest Mouse
“Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker),” Parliament
“Telegram Sam,” T. Rex*

* Actually, all T. Rex songs are Muppet-friendly.

October 23, 2007 More Rock Snobbery »

ROCK SNOB MUPPETRY

Kermit.tiff

How could we have missed out on Muppets Tonight, Brian Henson’s short-lived attempt (1996-97) to revive his dad’s Muppet Show magic on American prime time? The fragments (fraggles?) left behind on YouTube reveal an adventurous program of Rock Snobbish bent, with Kermit “doing” David Byrne, and “Nine Inch Snails” performing some woozily convincing industrial rock.

October 15, 2007 More Rock Snobbery »

WHAT A LOVELY BUNCH OF BOOK EVENTS YOU HAVE, SIR

Lots of upcoming bookchat events and signings related to The Food Snob’s Dictionary and the paperback release of The United States of Arugula. Such as...

October 10, New York Public Library, NYC, 7 p.m.
David Kamp sits on a panel called “Julia Child in America” with Child biographer Laura Shapiro, longtime New York Times-woman Molly O’Neill, and Blue Hill chef-activist and young-Richard Manuel-lookalike Dan Barber.

October 13, Strand Bookstore, NYC, 3-4 p.m.
David Kamp signs copies of The United States of Arugula as part of the Strand Literary & Arts Festival, which marks the ornery 12th Street bookseller’s 80th birthday.

October 18, Gourmet Garage, NYC 6-8 p.m.
David Kamp and Marion Rosenfeld sign copies of The Food Snob’s Dictionary at the Greenwich Village location (117 Seventh Avenue South) of this lovely mini-chain of comestible emporiums.

November 10, Miami Book Festival, Miami, FL, 1:30 pm.
David Kamp sits on a food-talk panel with Laura Shapiro and Molly O’Neill–again!–but this time the panel is moderated by Marcel Escoffier, the actual great-grand-nephew of Auguste Escoffier (click on link and scroll down).

October 03, 2007 More Food Snobbery »

GLARING OMISSIONS! (FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN)

We’ve already lamented that the term “locavore” broke about five minutes too late to be included in The Food Snob’s Dictionary. Now we’ve recognized another Snob trendlet that should have warranted a mention: the vogue for Mexican Coke.

Ordinarily, Coca Cola is too mundane a subject to enter Food Snob consciousness. But in the wake of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and its sexy villain, the cheap sweetener known as HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup), Food Snobs have taken to seeking out Mexican Coke in unfamiliar neighborhoods and locales. This is because Mexican Coke is made with old-school cane sugar rather than HFCS, and is therefore more palatable and “authentic” than the American version. It’s like when a Rock Snob says he prefers vinyl to MP3s because the old LPs have a “warmer” sound. Blogger and author Adam Roberts, a.k.a. the Amateur Gourmet, offers a Snob-typical discourse on Mexican Coke here.

What other Food Snob fetishes have we overlooked? Buy the book, then write to us via nitpick@snobsite.com, and include your full name and hometown if you want to be mentioned.

October 02, 2007 More Food Snobbery »

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