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Eric Asimov said recently, “David is more like a wine writer than like a food writer. He brings that level of connoisseurship and obsessive attention to detail—the importance of the soil, the cultivation methods, and the growing region. Wine writers talk about the importance of terroir, or place; David is the first writer to bring that concept to fruit.” He added, “Grape growers make the cover of wine magazines, but you never read about the great peach or cherry growers, except in David’s pieces.”

Most food writing is about cooking—it’s less about the ingredients than about the rendering of those ingredients, and the consuming of them in communal settings. Karp is interested in the primal act of tasting—eating fruit right from the tree, vine, or bush. (“I’m not a foodie,” he says. “I’m a fruitie.”) His goal is sensual pleasure, but he has a rarefied idea of what fruit should taste like. The particular kind of taste he’s after is one that the nineteenth-century writers on fruit described as “high flavor”—a fecund, almost gamy taste that, according to Karp, has been all but lost as fruits have been bred for mass production and long-distance shipping. “High flavor is the flavor of a pheasant, hung until high,” he said. “You bite into the fruit, you taste the sugar, the texture, the acidity, and there’s an almost overpowering aroma. That’s what fruit should taste like. But Americans don’t know that, because most of the fruit we eat is trash fruit.” A real peach, allowed to ripen on the tree, is too fragile to withstand the rigors of a cross-country journey by truck or train, and so breeders have created low-acid, high-sugar peaches, which can be picked when they’re still very hard but still taste sort of sweet.

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— 2 days ago
#wine  #food  #foodie  #fruitie  #experience 
"In mid-June, I flew out to Los Angeles and joined Karp for five days of fruit work. Before this trip, I imagined that David Karp was a man who had been redeemed by fruit—someone who had found in fruit a way of escaping his demons. What I came to realize over the course of our five days together—five very long days—was that Karp had not really banished his demons at all. He’d just found a way of channeling his particular needs and talents (the desire for esoteric knowledge, the pursuit of extreme pleasure, a sympathy for shady characters, and experience in dope dealing) into a career as a purveyor of amazing fruit—a career, it turns out, that serves those needs and talents very nicely."
— 2 days ago
#fruit  #food  #detective 
"One day in 1962, a Mormon missionary walked into a Safeway in Los Angeles and asked for a Chinese gooseberry. The produce manager didn’t know what that was, so he asked the main produce buyer for Safeway, who, in turn, called Frieda Caplan, the founder of Frieda’s Finest, a local wholesaler of specialty produce items. She didn’t know, either. A few months later, a broker representing New Zealand farmers was walking around the L.A. wholesale produce market, trying to sell Chinese gooseberries. The other produce buyers weren’t interested, but Caplan, remembering the Safeway buyer’s query, said, “I’ll take all you’ve got,” and that turned out to be two thousand four hundred pounds. “No one is ever going to buy something called a Chinese gooseberry,” a shipping official told Caplan. The rind of the gooseberries was kind of furry and reminded him of New Zealand’s national bird, so he suggested naming the fruit after it—the kiwi."
— 2 days ago with 4 notes
#food  #kiwi  #fruit  #marketing 
"As things turned out, having different gauges on the railroads was advantageous to the South, since the North could not easily use railroad to move its troops to battle in southern territory during the Civil War. Noting this example, the Finns were careful to ensure that their railroads used a gauge different from the Russian railroads! The rest of Europe adopted a standard gauge, which made things easy for Hitler during World War II: a significant fraction of German troop movements in Europe were accomplished by rail."
— 3 days ago
#standards  #norms  #railroad  #russia  #finland 
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According to this hypothesis, every dish can be plotted along a single X axis, measured by Time at one end and Work at the other. If you wanted to go for fancier science, put time on the X axis and a work on the Y and plot recipes in quadrants.

This is the crux of the hypothesis: To get the biggest return on your investment, whether in time or work, you need to cook toward the extremes of the continuum. Venturing toward the center, where recipes require both time and work in near equal measure, is also fine, especially if you see cooking as an art form or creative outlet that brings you relaxation and pleasure, or in times of celebration or insanity, when you throw yourself into a food project that gives you a sense of accomplishment.

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— 5 days ago
#nytimes  #cooking  #roi 
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It should also be noted that people with TB or malaria can be treated, and cured, for a small fraction of the cost of treating somebody with A.L.S. As the philosopher William MacAskill recently wrote, “All people have an equal right to a happy, flourishing life; but some ways of spending money help more people, and help them to a greater extent, than others. This means we need to have a conversation about what the most effective ways of donating are.”

That is a conversation that almost nobody wants to have. In 1993, the World Bank came up with a new way for public-health officials to calculate the relationship between disability and the value of life. In the bank’s annual development report, economists focussed, for the first time, on the concept of the “disability-adjusted life year,” or DALY, a measure that has come to serve as the standard for how to assess the burden of a disease. Previously, the impact of an illness—cancer, the common cold, and everything in between—had usually been evaluated on the basis of how likely it was to kill you.

But life without good health also carries enormous costs for individuals, families, and societies. The disability-adjusted life year combines years of potential life lost owing to premature death with years of productive life lost to disability. Blindness is an example of a health problem that, while not fatal, can dramatically reduce one’s quality of life or ability to function within society. Alzheimer’s disease is another.

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New Yorker 
— 6 days ago
#daly  #als  #life years  #health  #death 
"The other great way to figure out where to eat in a new city is to provoke nerd fury online. Go to a number of foodie websites with discussion boards. Let’s say you’re going to Kuala Lumpur — just post on the Malaysia board that you recently returned and had the best rendang in the universe, and give the name of a place, and all these annoying foodies will bombard you with angry replies about how the place is bullshit, and give you a better place to go."
— 6 days ago
#research  #food  #travel 

Giroblauw past bij jou

Hypotheker:je hebt een IBgroep schuld dus? Ja, dan moet je dus niet een hypotheek bij de ING nemen, want die weten dat je die hebt als hij van je rekening afgehaald wordt.
L:Hoe weet jij dat ik een ING rekening heb? Heb ik dat doorgegeven?
H:Nee, dat raad ik maar. Jouw leeftijd heeft vaak een rekening bij de ING, van de 'Giroblauw past bij jou'-periode.. Daarvoor was het ABN Amro.. Die hadden eind jaren 90 weer de Ajax rekening, die kids zijn nu 16, dus die krijg ik over 10 jaar weer aan mijn tafel
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#ing  #giroblauw  #hypotheek  #bank  #jeugdmarketing 
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christianarca:

One of the ways I love to measure success of your role at a company isn’t by counting the number of projects launched, or evaluating the number of targets reached. It’s by counting the number of people who want to work with you again.

Yup.

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Print proof landscapeby Nine Fluitsma

multiplybynine:

Print proof landscape
by Nine Fluitsma

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#prints  #art  #dsign  #print proof  #color bars 
An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart →
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Miles Davis, Take Five

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