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What would your food obituary say?

Kris in Beijing Apr 3, 2013 07:41 PM

NPR's THE SALT has an article about the obituary of pioneering American rocket scientist Yvonne Brill, published by The New York Times.
The NYT piece originally lead with her domestic ability and stroganoff, THE SALT article says "food is undeniably a powerful marker of identity."

The final question of the article is:
What would your "food" obit say?

and so far there are 2 dozen comments.


EDIT: I meant to post this is Food Media....

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    Bobfrmia Apr 24, 2013 07:40 PM

    He loved his beef, he loved his beer
    That's likely why
    He's already here

    1. PHREDDY Apr 24, 2013 06:27 AM

      He left this world with a fully belly, his credit cards maxed out, and owing the IRS a bundle. It was also noted he a big smile on his face!

      1. monkeyrotica Apr 24, 2013 05:09 AM

        He died as he lived. Like an idiot.

        1. Fowler Apr 23, 2013 09:22 PM

          Quite frankly I think my food obituary would probably say something like, "Fowler loved to cook and entertain guests. We just wish Fowler would have sticked to the entertaining part and left the cooking to people that knew what they were doing!"

          1. i
            INDIANRIVERFL Apr 23, 2013 10:00 AM

            Always willing to try a taste of anything

            Except beets

            1. t
              tonifi Apr 23, 2013 08:10 AM

              Butter was her undoing.

              1. c
                cstr Apr 23, 2013 08:06 AM

                He came, He saw, He ATE!

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                1. re: cstr
                  MGZ Apr 23, 2013 09:55 AM

                  Vidi Veni Vori!

                2. kattyeyes Apr 22, 2013 07:11 PM

                  "There was so much more to her than Maker's Markmallow treats and a nice manicure. Do you have a favorite treat? She'd want to make it for you, but better than you had ever remembered tasting it before--not just to show you she could, but to show you she cared. She made brownies in more varieties than there are colors in a rainbow and 'loved all things almondy' in her own words."

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                    Querencia Apr 21, 2013 01:32 PM

                    "She was in love with possibility."

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                      Redstickchef Apr 17, 2013 07:31 PM

                      Food was a way that she expressed love, and all those around her could connect their expanding waistlines to that fact. Her love of sweets was legendary, and while she liked to meticulously follow baking recipes, her cooking style was much more disorderly, and it was no surprise that while eating dinner she might occasionally covered in flour.

                      1. Wahooty Apr 17, 2013 04:23 PM

                        Most of what's being posted strike me more as food epitaphs, rather than obits. We need to be a touch more verbose. I think mine would say:

                        "She bored her students by always relating chemistry to food and drink. She used more YouTube clips of Good Eats, Mythbusters, Moonshiners, and Top Chef as demonstrations than were probably necessary. Water was her favorite molecule, but by no means her favorite beverage. It should come as no surprise that a chemist should take such joy in fermentation, distillation, and extraction, nor that she would take such joy in the alchemy of cocktailing. She could also probably chill a beer faster than you can. I'm just sayin'."

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                          foodieX2 Apr 17, 2013 03:59 PM

                          She lived as she cooked, with passion and never ending curiosity.

                          1. fldhkybnva Apr 17, 2013 03:45 PM

                            She'd eat anything that used to make a noise, long live the meatatarian.

                            1. DoobieWah Apr 17, 2013 10:02 AM

                              "Since there are fires where he's going, he asked to be buried with his spatula."

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                              1. re: DoobieWah
                                Wahooty Apr 17, 2013 04:02 PM

                                This poses an interesting theological problem: Does "roasting" in hell qualify as grillin'? Or BBQ?

                              2. LindaWhit Apr 4, 2013 12:46 PM

                                She loved to cook. She wasn't always successful with her concoctions, but she loved to just open the cabinets and create.

                                1. j
                                  jlhinwa Apr 4, 2013 11:35 AM

                                  She loved food and she loved to feed her peeps.

                                  1. w
                                    wonderwoman Apr 4, 2013 11:24 AM

                                    she worshiped at the altar of chocolate...

                                    1. Lillipop Apr 4, 2013 10:22 AM

                                      Kris.....somehow without looking at the author of this my instincts said it would be you after your great post about "Best Childhood Dining Experience" that resulted in so much friendly funny dialogue on CH. I wanted to thank you for starting that because CH's seemed to really enjoy it.......C.R.

                                      1. alliegator Apr 4, 2013 09:57 AM

                                        Here lies Little Al. We still don't know where she put it all.
                                        You didn't have to like all of her creations, but she was happy inside if you tried a bite.

                                        Cocktails to be served poolside after the services.

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                                          Harters Apr 4, 2013 09:44 AM

                                          "It cook six strong men to carry Mr Harters' coffin. Yes, he was a large, greedy man who really enjoyed his food."

                                          1. Paprikaboy Apr 4, 2013 08:45 AM

                                            He liked pork on his fork and his beer very near.

                                            1. HillJ Apr 4, 2013 08:42 AM

                                              One of my husband's fav food quotes is this one:

                                              Even honest men may act like sinners,
                                              Unless they've had their customary dinners.

                                              "What Keeps A Man Alive"- The Three Penny Opera

                                              1. HillJ Apr 4, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                She lived to share every morsel.

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                                                  Nanzi Apr 4, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                  No one could pick a lobster cleaner!!

                                                  1. MGZ Apr 4, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                    More of a tombstone engraving, but:

                                                    Here lies MGZ
                                                    He sought out the best food that could be.
                                                    Slathered in fat they buried his body
                                                    the hope is that someday it'll be fruit for a tree.

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                                                    1. re: MGZ
                                                      Wahooty Apr 4, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                      I'm probably the only one that was expecting that last line to read:

                                                      "The hope is that someday he'll be confit."

                                                      1. re: Wahooty
                                                        MGZ Apr 17, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                        In retrospect, I think I like your ending better.

                                                        1. re: MGZ
                                                          Wahooty Apr 17, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                          My 12th grade AP English teacher would be so proud. ;)

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                                                      beevod Apr 4, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                      I told you I was full.

                                                      1. hyacinthgirl Apr 4, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                        While she could not bring herself to eat everything, she delighted in the existence, the passion, and the culture tied to all foods. She would have gladly given you a bite.

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                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl
                                                          hyacinthgirl Apr 4, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                          Alternately: I can't believe she ate the whole thing.

                                                        2. Motosport Apr 4, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                          "Food is not important to me!" "NOT!!"

                                                          1. cayjohan Apr 3, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                            I didn't read the blog yet, but have read the obit and I have been thinking about your post of what one's fridge says about oneself (will respond upon reflection) Complicated stuff for being so commonplace, no?

                                                            So in the spirit of the fridge and the obit, mine would say: Her refrigerator was packed with extraordinary things.

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