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The Food Lab: Reconsidering The Lobster (and Hot Buttered Lobster Rolls!)

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 37 comments

Last week we took a look at New England-style lobster rolls. The cold, mayo-based lobster salad variety, that is. For most people, that's what a lobster roll is and always will be. But there are certain pockets of the population, mostly in Connecticut, that prefer their lobster rolls hot and buttered. In addition to a delicious recipe for that, we'll pause to read the late David Foster Wallace's essay "Consider The Lobster," and reflect upon lobster-killing ethics. More

'Ticket to the Fair' Now Up on Harper's Site

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Harper's magazine has made available its archive of the David Foster Wallace articles he wrote for it. They are downloadable in PDF form and are listed here. The essay "Ticket to the Fair," which I mentioned yesterday, is among them and is available here as a pdf [7.4MB].... More

David Foster Wallace's 'Consider the Lobster'

Adam Kuban 15 comments

David Foster Wallace, 46, was found dead in his Claremont, California, home Friday night after having hanged himself. Food-minded folk may already be familiar with his essay "Consider the Lobster," originally published in Gourmet magazine in 2004. If you're not, go read it here on gourmet.com. My gf here also reminds me that Wallace wrote an essay on the Illinois State Fair ("Ticket to the Fair") for Harper's magazine.* In that essay, a group of women at the fair think he's from Harper's Bazaar, not Harper's (there's a difference), and invite him to taste the results of a bake-off, where, I'm told, hilarity ensues. I haven't read it, but I'm LMAO here listening to the gf describe it. I think... More

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