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"Fourteen Passive-Aggressive Appetizers" - in the New Yorker

MMRuth Jul 14, 2008 04:33 PM



  1. AnneInMpls Jul 22, 2008 03:46 PM

    The article reminds me of one of my favorite cookbooks: Kitchen Angst ("Have You Got Problems? Cook 'Em Out!"), by Margaret Sullivan.

    Each recipe is accompanied by a letter, or a note, or a page torn from the diary of a woman who is having a very bad year. The recipes include things like "Garlic Pork for Overcoming Pigheaded Types" and "12-Step Steak Salad". Alas, this hysterical book is out of print.


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    1. re: AnneInMpls
      alkapal Jul 23, 2008 04:18 AM

      anne, thanks for the tip; the book is available here: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Searc...

    2. stellamystar Jul 21, 2008 03:01 PM

      I put that one on the fridge. Thanks MMRuth

      1. c
        CrazyOne Jul 20, 2008 06:52 PM

        Just satirizing Bittman, right?


        Try reading that and seeing if the New Yorker makes more sense then. The first thing I noticed was "Oh, it's like the style of that Bittman column I read a couple weeks ago."

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        1. re: CrazyOne
          bigjeff Jul 21, 2008 08:33 AM

          very funny! I totally see the comparison.

        2. bigjeff Jul 15, 2008 10:29 PM

          as a jeff, I was taken aback with the first suggestion but, yeah, read that this week, great stuff; very funny.

          1. LulusMom Jul 15, 2008 07:43 AM

            "Note: this is technically not an appetizer."

            Laughed at that a lot. Thanks for posting MMRuth.

            1. iluvtennis Jul 15, 2008 07:30 AM

              I guess this humor was over my head or something...i didn't think it was funny.

              1. jfood Jul 15, 2008 04:34 AM

                Here's what the article "says":

                Never go to the home of someone infected with hepatitis whose girlfriend, Cheryl, broke their engagement, is mad at his new boyfriend, Jeff, and who recently lost his dog and smokes sun-dried tomatoes. This sounds like one screwed up dude.

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                1. re: jfood
                  MMRuth Jul 15, 2008 04:49 AM

                  Just to be clear, as linguafood writes, this is simply a piece of humourous writing (though I guess some aren't finding it amusing). It's not an "article", per se.

                  1. re: MMRuth
                    Passadumkeg Jul 15, 2008 04:59 AM

                    I loved it. It's the dark side of our subconscious, that we try to not let surface. As a former New Mexico resident of the 60's & 70's I laughed out loud at 3:30 am about the resemblance of sun dried tomatoes to peyote buttons! Briliant!
                    At the Round Table in in the Algonquin Hotel in the '30's, James Thurber et al said The New Yorker is not for some little old lady in Des Moines. I attribute this mag. and the NYT crossword puzzle to keeping my 92 year mom mentally alert.

                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                      dolores Jul 15, 2008 05:38 AM

                      Oh, like Alice said to Ralph a loooooooooooong time ago: I got it. I just didn't think it was funny.

                      1. re: dolores
                        Passadumkeg Jul 15, 2008 08:25 AM

                        Didn't Ralph reply,"Pow, right in the kisser!"?

                        1. re: Passadumkeg
                          dolores Jul 15, 2008 10:25 AM

                          Usually, Passadumkeg, he did. But in this case, he told it (knight out on a dog like this) at the lodge. I can't remember if they all thought it was funny.

                          Good show.

                    2. re: MMRuth
                      small h Jul 15, 2008 05:09 AM

                      Wait, are people seriously confusing this with a true story? Has the cover struck people blind?

                      1. re: small h
                        MMRuth Jul 15, 2008 05:14 AM

                        I don't know - but struck me that maybe some were, so I thought I'd clarify!

                        Edit - just saw your reply to linguafood - maybe I just didn't "get" soupkitten's post!

                      2. re: MMRuth
                        jfood Jul 15, 2008 05:14 AM

                        absolutely, this is tongue through cheek. how many subgroups can one make fun of in an article based on serving HD's. Interesting concept.

                        does jfood find it funny? not really. he is not a big fan on he New Yorker humor. never has been but he understands that many just love it.

                        1. re: jfood
                          Gio Jul 15, 2008 05:46 AM

                          The New Yorker humor has it's place....just not this week.

                          1. re: Gio
                            dolores Jul 15, 2008 06:44 AM

                            Excellent point, Gio.

                            1. re: Gio
                              linguafood Jul 15, 2008 07:26 AM

                              I am genuinely curious -- why is there no place for NYer humor this particular week?

                              Was there a states-side attack on vegetarians? Kids/dogs died on peyote?

                              I am abroad, sooo... I might be out of the loop somehow. Oh, and of course still waiting for my new issue *sigh*

                              1. re: Gio
                                The Chowhound Team Jul 15, 2008 07:30 AM

                                Folks - please help us out by not posting about the issues surrounding the cover of the New Yorker.


                              2. re: Gio
                                jfood Jul 15, 2008 07:49 AM

                                no biggie, the humor of the MMR cited article is just a little too dry for jfood, cute but not funny.

                        2. Passadumkeg Jul 15, 2008 12:39 AM

                          Where does he get his high grade peyote?

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                          1. re: Passadumkeg
                            dolores Jul 15, 2008 02:54 AM

                            Hmmmm. What's happened to the New Yorker? Yes, the New Yorker.

                            The article reminds me of Posh Nosh, without the funny bits.

                            1. re: dolores
                              MMRuth Jul 15, 2008 05:09 AM

                              I love Posh Nosh - saw one recently that I'd not seen before - baking a birthday cake for their dog. Too funny.

                              1. re: MMRuth
                                dolores Jul 15, 2008 05:39 AM

                                Wasn't that a good one, MMRuth?

                                I was worried that they were going to let the dogs eat the chocolate cake. Which they didn't. Thankfully.

                          2. s
                            soupkitten Jul 14, 2008 07:01 PM

                            i think it's possible that the author of that piece may have been intoxicated at the time of its writing. . . the repetitive use of people's obviously real first names is particularly disturbing and kinda psychotic. you kind of want to say to him/her: she doesn't love you any more because you are a dick. just because she was a vegetarian, that doesn't mean that you need to lash out at all vegetarians. your friends want to strike you because you constantly get maudlin and sorry for yourself at inappropriate times, like parties where everybody has known each other for many years. dogs don't live as long as people, they die. get over it, idiot.

                            other than that, very entertaining. :)

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                            1. re: soupkitten
                              linguafood Jul 15, 2008 03:36 AM

                              sk, are you kidding? Psychotic? Drunk?

                              It's a piece of *fiction*. I'll take a real wild guess here and assume that none of the people the author mentions by first name even exist. It's somebody being overly sarcastic in the "shouts & murmurs" section. It's called *humor* -- strange concept, I know '-)

                              MMRuth -- thanks for that little preview! Can't wait for the new issue to hit my mailbox!!

                              1. re: linguafood
                                small h Jul 15, 2008 05:10 AM

                                Please tell me you know that soupkitten is writing in passive-aggressive style to emulate the article. Unless you're getting a little meta yourself, in which case the joke's on me.

                                1. re: small h
                                  linguafood Jul 15, 2008 06:27 AM

                                  I can't tell you that, h. I don't know, but from how I read her post, I don't believe so. Could be that our sense of humor, respectively, is just very, very different... thank evolution for that :-D

                            2. enbell Jul 14, 2008 06:53 PM

                              I have often wondered of someone has ever pulled a "mock-tofu" on me...hmmm. Also, I always thought Hepatitis was served as as app, not as dessert; and to think, I've made that blunder more than once! Sheesh--live and learn, I guess ;)

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                              1. re: enbell
                                jlafler Jul 15, 2008 11:02 AM

                                We used to get something called "eight-treasure bean curd" at a Burmese restaurant in Oakland. It was not vegetarian. Mostly milk, I think, with flecks of pork.

                              2. Sam Fujisaka Jul 14, 2008 05:17 PM

                                I had been wondering about the use of "passive aggressive" by you all. Now I see that it just means, "devious little dickhead".

                                Now, if there were only a similar article on "price points".

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                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                  small h Jul 15, 2008 05:05 AM

                                  "Price points" is, I think, part of a stage direction.

                                  Inside the liquor store, she balks at the wine's price, points to the exit, and they leave.

                                2. h
                                  harryharry Jul 14, 2008 05:04 PM

                                  Excellent! Thank you - my subscription expired

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                                  1. re: harryharry
                                    MMRuth Jul 14, 2008 05:09 PM

                                    I've decided that my favorite part is the "mock tofu".

                                  2. Veggo Jul 14, 2008 04:42 PM

                                    Amusing; at least more than this week's cover.

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