I’ll bet that a study published by the American Association of Wine Economists will be a top candidate for this year’s IgNobel Prize (the prize given for “research that makes you laugh and then think”). Investigators somehow convinced a bunch of volunteers to undergo a blind taste test of liver pâtés and dog food. Participants knew that one of the samples was dog food, but not which one. They gave the dog food the lowest marks on taste, but only 17% identified it as dog food. Everyone else thought it was just bad pâté. This must say something about the average American palate, alas. To address that question, Stephen Colbert did his own taste trial on camera. Too salty, he says. Indeed.
Next public appearance
This is the rescheduling of the lecture I was supposed to give on October 10. The taxi driver went through red light at entrance to the Pulaski, was pulled over and found to be driving without a license. We never made it. The lecture is on food politics. It starts at 6:00. Free and open to the public. The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street. This time, I’ll take the PATH.