'Word of Mouth' on Serious Eats

'Word of Mouth' Taste-Tests Reverse-Engineered KFC Recipe

"A single bite of the homemade KFC is enough. It's like biting into a dew-fresh ripe peach after eating a canned one. It's obviously the same thing but an order of magnitude better." Earlier in the week, the news splashed that a Long Island, New York, man claimed he had reverse-engineered the KFC's 11 herbs and spices. The secret recipe that Ron Douglas unlocked depends heavily on Accent, a commercial MSG-based flavoring. Everyone blogged about the discovery, but did anyone try it? At least one blog we read did. In England, Tim Hayward (above) of the Guardian's Word of Mouth went for it. But he went one better, asking Word of Mouth readers to help him come up with a... More

Testing Britain's New Nonleaky, Nonsoggy Tomato

Word of Mouth The British supermarket chain Tesco started selling a special breed of non-soggy tomato on Tuesday—the result of a breeding program that began in 1986. The new tomato is supposedly just as juicy as a regular supermarket tomato but has an internal structure that holds onto the juices rather than letting them spill out on slicing. Susan Smillie of the Guardian's Word of Mouth blog grabs one and does a taste test with her colleagues: Overall, the Tesco tomato sandwich scored higher than the original canteen sandwich. While Tony, the chef, prepped up our sandwich, I noticed that Abdul, one of the guys who works alongside him, was reminiscing about eating tomatoes on a mountain in North... More

Food as an Expression of British Class Warfare

The Guardian Over at the Guardian's Word of Mouth blog, Matthew Fort rallies the proletariat with an ode to Jamie Oliver. "In most other civilised counties, everyone feels as if they own their food culture. Only in Britain has it been a weapon in class warfare.” Of the alleged schism created when the well-heeled write about food, Fort states, "Ever since the sainted Elizabeth David put pen to paper, and even before, food was used as a form of social exclusion rather than something that should be accessible to everybody." But Oliver is an agent of change. Fort champions Oliver as a hero of the masses, saying, "He didn’t go to university and he doesn’t treat food as the... More

In England They Call Them Crisps

If you're dying for nonexistent bacon and egg-flavored potato chips, now is your chance to make the flavor a reality. British potato chip company Walkers is asking customers to help them pick new flavors. Graham Holliday's top flavors include confit de canard, HP Sauce and sea urchin. [via Word of Mouth]... More

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