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Aug 29, 2005 08:50 PM

New Yorker food issue is out

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The food issue is out and several articles are online including:

Calvin Trillin on fanesca.
Marc Singer proflies David Pasternack
Jane Kramer on Cookbooks

sidenote: did you know you can buy every issue (4,109) of the New Yorker from Feb 1925 to Feb 2005 on CD for $100? - how cool is that!


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    1. re: Chino Wayne

      ooo...the cheese nun and the fruit detective...THAT was a food issue!

      (A year or two ago, the New Yorker . . .)

      1. re: pitu

        yes! thanks for reminding me of those two articles. they were awesome. i hope i still have that at home so i can reread!

    2. We subscribe to the New Yorker, and I especially appreciated the picture of the Chowhounder on the
      cover of that issue.

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      1. re: Connie

        I thought the 8/29/05 magazine we got in the mail was the food issue the previous post refered to. However, I note that neither the 8/22/05 nor the 8/29/05 printed issues contained the food articles. However, the online version dated 8/22/05 has the food articles.

        1. re: Connie

          It's labeled incorrectly on the website - it's the Sept 5th issue.

      2. I scanned the Trillan article on fanesca in Ecuador during Holy Week.

        While he notes that fanesca is treated as entire meal, he is so food focused that he appears to entirely omit the context for this:

        Because Good Friday is a day of fast (and Holy Week generally deeply penitential), which in Catholic terms means one only eats a single, plain meal without meat. Vegetarian soups with bread are quite traditional in many cultures; adding eggs is a later development (since it wasn't until later in the Middle Ages that eggs and dairy were permitted during Lent in Western Christianity -- Eastern Christianity still bans them, as well as wine and often oil and fish!). Many people in traditional cultures still observe the even more traditional "black fast" of water and bread or rice only. Et cet.

        The idea of going on a gourmand hunt of a penitential food during a penitential time is, well, clueless in a very well-to-do American fashion.

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        1. re: Karl S.

          Actually, it sounds pretty chow-houndish to me. I'm sure CT found other things to eat down there as well. Maybe he'll report on some "Chifas".


          1. re: Karl S.

            The soup as described in the article hardly sounds "penitential" to me, unless the penance is the pre-cooking shopping and chopping!