NYT – What’s Cooking in That Egg Spoon – A Bite-Size Culture War

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/dining/alice-waters-egg-spoon-me-too-movement.html

Alice Waters certainly a “monk” related to American food. However, so many other influences deserver more credit (Alice B Tolkas, Jeremiah Tower!!!! Very likely both these folks had far more influence). What the fuck is wrong with a simple/cheap lodge iron pan. Jeeze!

  •  food culture wars of the 21st century, the egg-spoon skirmishes may one day be remembered as pivotal
  • conflicts over this long-handled cooking tool have fostered a new social-media meme
  • a handcrafted version that costs $250
  • first egg-spoon dust-up occurred in 2009, after Ms. Waters, the spiritual mother of all that is organic and sustainable, cooked Lesley Stahl an egg in an iron spoon she held over a fire in her Berkeley, Calif., kitchen for a segment of “60 Minutes
  • San Francisco master blacksmith Angelo Garro to make her one (Her == Ms Waters)
  • Boudain said ““She’s Pol Pot in a muumuu,”” …She used six cords of wood to cook one egg for Lesley Stahl.”
  •  those who viewed cooking an egg over a fire as the embodiment of food elitism and all that is annoying about the Slow Food movement.
  • Only people who are very rich or very poor have fireplaces in their kitchens
  • The egg spoon became a mark of insider status and a tool of seduction
  • The hand-forged egg spoon was recast as the new silver spoon.
  • The egg spoon has caught a ride on a new wave of kitchen feminism. Egg-spoon haters now find themselves under attack.
  • inherent sexism in the egg-spoon attacks
  •  Cooking an egg in an iron spoon over open fire is really no more precious and probably a lot less elitist than cooking an egg in $300 sous-vide machine…except that women tend to do the former and men the latter. (wtf … can anything be not caught in the female/male hatred war?)
  •  latest salvo: In Slow Food’s version of an in-your-face move, Alice Waters’s daughter, Fanny Singer, has introduced an egg spoon for sale through her website Permanent Collection.

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