Browsing All posts tagged under »pasta«

My Brain in a Jar (Part 2)

December 30, 2012


There are clear benefits to leaving your brain to science. For one thing, there’s no more sitting at traffic lights, having to go to the bathroom in the middle of a movie, or arguing with someone three continents away about the four-dollar mistake on your last bank statement. For another, you never get the hiccups. […]

Our Cats Ate Spaghetti

February 28, 2012


I grew up in an Italian household. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, but I also had no choice in the matter. Everyone in the family was Italian. Even the pets. When I was very little, my grandmother had two parakeets that would fly from their open cage to perch on her fingers […]

The miracle of wine. And bread. And cashmere.

May 22, 2010


How was wine invented? In my college anthropology class, the professor claimed that wine was discovered after a bunch of grain fell into a hole and then it rained. (Or maybe it was beer. It’s been thirty-seven years and I can’t find my notes.) In any case, fermentation occurred naturally when yeast that happened to […]

Sicily: The Food

May 19, 2010


We’ve been to Sicily three times now, so it seems unnecessary to say we love it. The landscape is overwhelmingly beautiful, the people are friendly and welcoming, and there’s history everywhere you look. I’ll be writing more about this wonderful island, but for now I just wanted to talk a bit about the food. I […]