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Food as art

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Jonathon Jones, an art critic with the Guardian in London penned a terse column last year after (much to his chagrin) Ferran Adria, chef-proprietor of the celebrated Spanish restaurant El Bulli, had been invited to participate in Germany’s Documenta art show. Chefs as artists? Jones says “not.”

Food as art

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Food as art

Jonathon Jones, an art critic with the Guardian in London penned a terse column last year after (much to his chagrin) Ferran Adria, chef-proprietor of the celebrated Spanish restaurant El Bulli, had been invited to participate in Germany’s Documenta art show. Chefs as artists? Jones says “not.” “In reality, even a

The food police

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The food police

True or false — four-star Tacoma steak houses serving $50 slabs of meat cruise through health inspections better than hole-in-the wall ethnic joints scraping out a living on the mean streets of Lakewood’s Ponder’s Corner. False (you saw that coming). At said local wallet emptying place, inspectors recently discovered slack hand

The food police

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The food police

True or false — four-star Tacoma steak houses serving $50 slabs of meat cruise through health inspections better than hole-in-the wall ethnic joints scraping out a living on the mean streets of Lakewood’s Ponder’s Corner. False (you saw that coming). At said local wallet emptying place, inspectors recently discovered slack hand

Octopus noodle

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Octopus noodle

Should we rank animals by intelligence and then form a committee (no vegans allowed) to draw the line at which beasts we spare from the butcher’s block due to their smarts, and which of the dumb fucks we let fend for themselves on the open range? What criteria

Octopus’s noodle

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Octopus’s noodle

Should we rank animals by intelligence and then form a committee (no vegans allowed) to draw the line at which beasts we spare from the butcher’s block due to their smarts, and which of the dumb f***s we let fend for themselves on the open range? What criteria would we

Funky town

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Funky town

I know gourmets who scoff at the thought of eating south of Center Street in Tacoma. So ask them to eat in Olympia and you’re likely to hear: “I’m sorry, maybe you are unaware, but I don’t dine among anarchists and women formally known as Joe.” Olympia, overshadowed by

Funky town

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Funky town

I know gourmets who scoff at the thought of eating south of Center Street in Tacoma. So ask them to eat in Olympia and you’re likely to hear: “I’m sorry, maybe you are unaware, but I don’t dine among anarchists and women formally known as Joe.” Olympia, overshadowed by peace marchers,

Food metaphysics

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Food metaphysics

Metaphysically speaking, do you feel The Force in your food? When you eat a carrot — do the miticlorians give you a connection to the universe — offer up spiritual communication — empower you? Many people, in both the East and West, believe food, be it animal, plant or mineral features an

Food metaphysics

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Food metaphysics

Metaphysically speaking, do you feel The Force in your food? When you eat a carrot — do the miticlorians give you a connection to the universe — offer up spiritual communication — empower you? Many people, in both the East and West, believe food, be it animal, plant or mineral features an

Young knives

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Young knives

“And the winner is …” A packed house of restaurateurs, foodies, chefs and sommeliers waited at the edge of their seats during the 2008 Taste Washington awards ceremony in early April as the Washington Wine Commission opened the envelope to name the Washington Wine Restaurant of the Year. “And the winner is

Young knives

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Young knives

“And the winner is …” A packed house of restaurateurs, foodies, chefs and sommeliers waited at the edge of their seats during the 2008 Taste Washington awards ceremony in early April as the Washington Wine Commission opened the envelope to name the Washington Wine Restaurant of the Year.

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Food lust

Tried spending a night on the phone dirty talking with a plate of risotto?  Ever pick up a bananas Foster in a seedy bar? Sociologists, historians and anthropologists have long studied the feeding habits of humans, but should psychologists and psychoanalysts do the same?  And if they did, what would they

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Food lust

Tried spending a night on the phone dirty talking with a plate of risotto?  Ever pick up a bananas Foster in a seedy bar? Sociologists, historians and anthropologists have long studied the feeding habits of humans, but should psychologists and psychoanalysts do the same?  And if they did, what would they

Eating Satan

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Eating Satan

Since the dawn of Christianity, goats — those cute, prancing Capra aegagrus hircu we love to pet at the Puyallup Fair — have walked this earth as known associates of the Devil. In the Middle Ages, goats whispered lewd innuendos into the ears of innocent Saints. Thor stabled them to

Eating Satan

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Eating Satan

Since the dawn of Christianity, goats — those cute, prancing Capra aegagrus hircu we love to pet at the Puyallup Fair — have walked this earth as known associates of the Devil. In the Middle Ages, goats whispered lewd innuendos into the ears of innocent Saints. Thor stabled them to

Eating on canvas

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Eating on canvas

A locally celebrated chef told me recently that cooking had more to do with craftsmanship than art. “Saying it is art sounds hoity-toity to me,” says this chef. “Cooking is a teachable skill — you can teach anyone the basics of cooking like you can teach them woodworking.”

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Eating on canvas

A locally celebrated chef told me recently that cooking had more to do with craftsmanship than art. “Saying it is art sounds hoity-toity to me,” says this chef. “Cooking is a teachable skill — you can teach anyone the basics of cooking like you can teach them woodworking.”

Feast or fiction

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Feast or fiction

Stadium Bistro Chef Peter Weikel laughed. He laughed for a long time. Then his business partner and father, Peter (same name) laughed too. They shared a nice family moment as I sat there dumbly waiting for an answer. “No, seriously,” I prodded after a few more seconds. “Describe for me what

Feast or fiction

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Feast or fiction

Stadium Bistro Chef Peter Weikel laughed. He laughed for a long time. Then his business partner and father, Peter (same name) laughed too. They shared a nice family moment as I sat there dumbly waiting for an answer. “No, seriously,” I prodded after a few more seconds. “Describe for me what

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