"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
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Down with “thick and rich” gravy!

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Secret History of Salad Dressing

From A Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture Bulletin from 1793

Why didn’t Europe crack the secret of maple syrup?


Mongolians — the Rosenbergs — Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing?


The plural, parable-spawning condiment of the people.


Washington should never have accepted help from the butter-loving French.


Barbecue sauce doesn’t exist — but barbecue?

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

Early statutes of Vinegar Corp.

Reverse-engineering the lives of the vinegars.

The Vinegar Tasters

Vinegar’s secret history as a beverage.

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


Which of the four hot sauces rules your personality?


The Venn Platter explains the culinary world.

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Umami is the savory opium of the people.


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