Day 6: Beef – Celebrate American Food History

 War and food, a timeless tale. Unfortunately. Today's story is about beef, the meat - as we all know - that become synonymous with Britain and went on to become a major force in the American economy in the nineteenth century, as well as providing for a rather mythological view of the American West. (Hint:…

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Salt of Earth, Crucible of Life

Just a pinch, and the primal sea surges, memories filling your mouth. Weep, and you'll know what fish first knew. Bleed, and you'll smell the earth. Sweat, and you'll sense ancient waters flowing. Building block of blood, sweat, and tears.  Salt, not sugar, primeval taste. Ancient, this elixir. The essence of legends, myths, stories. Pillars…

Salt of the Earth

Salt --- so basic, so ordinary, and so bloody.** And one of the earliest trade items, and a "tool" in burials  (mummification), food preservation, and medicine (as a disinfectant). A recent re-reading of Mark Kurlansky’s Salt: A World History (2002) reminded me of the sheer insouciance with which we consider salt.  Yet, as Kurlansky says,…