thoughts of food

What’s the right amount of garlic?

Why do so many recipes call for a single clove, such a tiny amount of garlic? “One clove is not enough for any recipe, unless it’s a recipe for “how to cook one clove of garlic,” in which case you […]

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Crystal Pepsi and Tab Clear.

A fascinating aspect of the story of a huge beverage flop. “Tab Clear was released at the same time as an intentional “kamikaze” effort to create an unpopular beverage that was positioned as an analogue of Crystal Pepsi in order […]

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Chef Boyardee was a real person.

“[Ettore] Boiardi sold his products under the brand name “Chef Boy-Ar-Dee” because non-Italians could not manage the pronunciation, including his own sales force: he was quoted as saying that “everyone is proud of his own family name, but sacrifices are […]