Blog camp (no actual camping appears to be involved) has gone to MIT.
Or at least, to the free course provisions on their website.
The course is a mixture of a food/culture course and a writing about contemporary issues course. It's pretty fascinating.
The first bit of reading is to skim over 'The Physiology of Taste' by Brillat Savarin from a long time ago (yes, I am too lazy to go find the actual year!) but it's free on the kindle from public domain books.
Some of it, despite its age, rings very true today. Some of it, is completely nuts and made me laugh on a train at 7am.
These are some of my favourite quotes from the bits I actually read. (mostly the bits on coffee and chocolate as they held my attention the longest!
"The number of flavours is infinite, for every soluble body has a peculiar flavour, like none other" p7
"Sugar hurts nothing but the purse." P 39
"An old tradition states that coffee was discovered by a shepherd of old, wo saw that his flock was always in the greatest state of excitement and hilarity when they browsed on the leaves of the coffee tree..." P40
"There is no doubt that coffee greatly excites the cerebral faculties. Any man who drinks it is almost sure to pass a sleepless night." P41
"There were others who are torpid all day when they have not taken their cup in the morning." P41
- doesn't this just remain so true of us coffee drinkers! It might just be an inbuilt thing, but some its social. The day just hasn't started until you get that hot drink.
"All fathers and mothers should make their children abstain from coffee, if they do not wish them at twenty to be puny and dried up machines." P42
- sorry to all the kiddies who like coffee! Personally, I didn't like the stuff until I was at least 21, but there you go!
"Women especially showed a great fondness for it." P43 damn right.
"Those who use chocolate, ordinarily enjoy the most perfect health, and are the least subject to the multitude of ailments which destroy life..." P 44
- isn't this just so different from today's advice. I wonder if we only ate/drank pure chocolate rather than this sugary manufactured crap we would perceive chocolate differently?
I might be back with more thoughts later. I'm still digesting.