At The Toast, A Meat Processing Professional Reviews Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. True confession: I loved The Road when I first read it, which I now chalk up to the fact that was I was deep in the midst of preparing for quals and got all excited about a world in which the Symbolic order is shattered. I paid very little attention to the threat of cannibalism compared to the threat of civilization being wiped out, but thanks to this affectionate takedown of cheesy cannibalism tropes, I will know not to be afraid going forward.
Happily not made of meat (just possibly connective tissue): spirit-soaked gummi body parts for Halloween.
Welp, if the one thing stopping you from enjoying veggie burgers is that they aren’t bloody enough, this invention is going to change your life:
The WSJ‘s Evelyn M. Rusli tasted the Impossible Foods plant-based burger. Rusli writes, “When [the burger] is lifted off the plate, a residue of what looks like ‘blood’ is left, yet another sign that this isn’t your typical veggie burger.”
Which animal product is the greener choice: chicken or cheese?
Medium reviews a beautifully designed cookbook for an ingredient that is not yet widely available or understood: lab-grown meat. The premise of The In Vitro Cookbook reminds me a bit of the human cheese experiment I read about this past winter: art becomes a medium for science to explore possibility and invite conversation. These dishes are not for eating, but for thinking.
The review includes some truly lovely photography, and I have to say that the presentation makes a difference. Perhaps cricket flour needs the same treatment: I may objectively appreciate the practicality of cricket protein but until I can replace the image of bug legs and antenna with beautifully composed plates of fine powder or baked goods, I will continue to be grossed out by the idea.
Thanks to Critical Distance for linking to my food in video games post last week! I’m a regular reader of their weekly link lineup, and I was pleased to see that this week there was another piece on food in games: a blogger at videogameheart talks about playing games as a vegetarian, which is in effect a self-imposed “hard mode.” In most games I can think of with food as health-replenishing drops or purchases, you get more health points out of meats than plants. Offhand, the only exceptions I can name are Skyrim–in which you don’t really have to eat the food at all, but could certainly stick to grains and greens if you do–and The Sims 3, in which you can select “vegetarian” as a personality trait and cook “veggie” options of nearly everything, including burgers and fish n’ chips. Vegetarian Sims live longer, but get sick if they accidentally eat a non-veggie burger at another Sim’s cookout.