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Mesoamerica was a hotbed of violence, Jesuits… and cuisine.

Reverse-engineering the lives of the vinegars.

Vinegar’s secret history as a beverage.

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The sine qua non of condiments: mighty, versatile, & vital.

He’s the antidote to the excesses of molecular gastronomy.

He won the Giant Bible of Mainz in a poker game.

Which of the four hot sauces rules your personality?

The Venn Platter explains the culinary world.

The anchovy

Umami is the savory opium of the people.

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Tom Nealon’s Foucauldian-condimental history of the West.

He was the void around which orbited a magnificent pantheon.

The parataxic pyrotechnics of hip-hop’s Ishmael Reed.

He saw and rejected the end of post­modernism.

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Recovering the tomato’s place in cannibal cuisine.

His criticism was easy to parody, infuriating, and brilliant.

DAVID CRONENBERG (born 1943) has been lauded for his blurring of boundaries…

The Port of Mahon, from a 1764 engraving showing the Fort San Felipe

Mayonnaise: the sauce that launched a thousand ships.

His head-on col­lision with con­sumer society’s mutat­ed yearning…

At Pazzo Books, the shop my brother Brian and I keep in…

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Before Merry and Pippin, before Elvish, and before Orcs, J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973)…

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With the profusion of anti-heroes on television in recent years, from Tony…

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It’s true that guitarist and drummer J MASCIS (Joseph Donald Mascis, born…

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If OL’ DIRTY BASTARD’s (Russell Tyrone Jones, 1968-2004) madness was a tumor…

A doodle of the Baron, by Calvino

It is as impossible to think of the 20th century absent Cosimo…