October 16, 2011
Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them, by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
I read about this book on Serious Eats, and thought it sounded fun and informative. When it arrived and I saw that this pair had written like 20 other books, I thought, "Ugh, how good is this going to be?" I was pleasantly surprised. It's a very quick read, but it's kind of funny and it really is informative and even scientific. Thanks to them, I'm going to replace my plastic cutting boards with wooden ones.
I also read another book about a month ago, called Ice Cream, by Laura B. Weiss. It was a slim, attractive little volume about the history of ice cream. At first it was pretty dry, but then I got interested. Did you know that Philadelphia-style ice cream, which is eggless, got its name because of the proliferation of dairy farms around Philadelphia? I also got briefly obsessed with the idea of opening a retro soda fountain thanks to this book. Soda fountains didn't have their heyday in the 1950s, despite what movies may show you- it was more like the early 20th century. When someone invented the bottle cap, as this fascinating article says, that's when the era of the soda fountain effectively ended.
Posted by Lydia at 7:04 PM