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Food and Wine

James Beard on Cheese (Gentry Magazine, 1957)

"It can be soft, hard, sweet, sour, hot, cold, pungent or bland.
It comes in various shapes and many colors.
It can be inodorous or effuvious.
It is known in every country, to every tongue.
Whatever its shape, hue, scent or nationality it is one of the most ancient,
most honorable of foods and it is called cheese."
A wise man once said "A Meal Without Cheese is Like a Beautiful Woman with One Eye".

 

Selecting the Wine and Cheese (Gentry Magazine, 1957)

Food writer Sam Aaron (1911 1996) let loose a slew of his well researched thoughts on the matter of how well cheese and wine complement one another and provided us with a helpful list of which type of wines harmonize best with certain cheeses:

"With Italian cheeses, such as Taleggio Cheese or Provolone, I like a delicate red wine made near Verona called Bardolino. Frank Schoonmaker

 

James Beard on Champagne (Gentry Magazine, 1955)

This article, by celebrated chef James Beard (1903 1985), walks us through the history of Champagne as only a true lover of food and wine can do:

"Not until around 1670 was a way discovered to imprison those tantalizing bubbles in every bottle, and keep the bottle from exploding. Credit for inventing sparkling Champagne is attributed, inaccurately perhaps, to a Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon...It is said that as an old, blind man, Dom Perignon could sniff a glass of Champagne, sip it, swish it about his mouth, and then unfailingly say from what hillside the grapes had come..."

 

Popcorn Finds a Home at the Movies (Quick Magazine, 1952)

Popcorn was introduced as a snack food to American movie-goers as a result of the candy shortages during the earliest years of the Second World War.
Attached is a petite notice documenting the fact that the substitute was a wise one:

"By 1952, movie houses accounted for about one-third of the nation's annual $350 million retail popcorn sales."

Reference is also made to the efforts that were made to secure "noiseless" popcorn bags.

If popcorn replaced sweets on the home front, what replaced steak?

 

Licorice (Coronet Magazine, 1954)

 

An Ice Cream History (Coronet Magazine, 1951)

In an admirable attempt to briefly tell a history of ice cream, the authors of this three page narrative begin in the year 62 A.D., pointing out that the Roman Emperor Nero had gone on record declaring his fondness for frozen delicacies, but, as you will read, what he was consuming was in actuality something more along the lines of a "snow-cone"; but it is good to know that the market was very much in place at such an early moment in time. Jumping ahead some 1,200 years, we learn that Marco Polo had returned from China with a frozen tasty treat:

"People tried it out, and something like our sherbert was soon served in many parts of Europe, eventually being improved upon by the addition of milk to resemble ice cream."

The trivia truly begins to flow from that point and we learn that George Washington was really quite fond of the stuff, and how ice cream sundaes and Eskimo Pies came into the world.

A refreshing read.

 


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