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Peristaltic Anticipation

For those of you who pooh-poohed the Un-Constipated Gourmet post we posted over the weekend, here's something else to digest. Slog, the blog of Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, dropped this photo on Sunday of a poster in the window of Seattle's Uwajimaya, a Japanese food and gift store. It advertises the Japanese manga and anime series Crayon Shin-chan, about which Wikipedia says: "Many of the jokes in the series stem from Shin-chan's occasionally weird, unnatural and inappropriate use of language, as well as from his inappropriate behavior." Not completely surprising, considering the fact that the children's book Everyone Poops is also a Japanese import. [Thanks, dmarina!]... More

'The Un-Constipated Gourmet: Secrets to a Moveable Feast'

For all our collective obsession with food, dining, and the so-called joy of cooking, there's very little said about what happens to all that matter once we swallow it. Thus Danielle Svetcov's The Un-Constipated Gourmet: Secrets to a Moveable Feast, a cookbook with an eye towards promoting, er, gastrointestinal regularity. With lengthy discussions about different cultures' approaches to digestive health and a "Go Meter" rating each recipe, this isn't a book that dances around its unappetizing subject. "The result is part culinary history, part mouthwatering cookbook, and part inquiry into nothing less than our bodies themselves," writes Chris Colin in the San Francisco Chronicle. Surely, Hemingway is rolling over in his grave.... More

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