You Might Like … to Chew on a Mouthful of Ice, Naan, Dirt, Carrots, Nothing, and More

This is a post in a series appearing each Friday, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.

Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.

Smithsonian.com – Clarence Birdseye, the Man Behind Modern Frozen Food – Jesse Rhodes – This is an interview with author Mark Kurlansky about his new book, Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man. And it starts our focus on eating for this week’s recommendations. It also represents our sole Canadian connection this week: Birdseye was in Labrador being shown by Inuit how to fish under the ice when he got the idea for fast frozen food. Of course, it wasn’t Canada then, but . . .


Food 52 – Liyna and Anum’s Big Feast: Building the Tandoor Oven – Anum & Liyna – In case you feel inspired by inventor Birdseye’s story, here’s a simple plan with pics for how to construct a tandoor oven and use it to make great naan. You’ve fixed that chair; you’ve changed that faucet; now go big — and hot!

ABC Science – Carrots & Night Vision – Dr. Karl – Mother was wrong, it seems. Again. Though they do nothing for your eyes, they do nourish. And the “myth” about night vision played a key role in WWII, it turns out.

NYTimes – A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity – Claudia Dreifus – A conversation with mathematician Carson Chow, who’s developed some interesting ways of seeing what’s happening to us. (If you’re considering dieting, check out his sophisticated NIH online app to learn about how long and how few it will take.) Sad money quote: “There’s no magic bullet on this. You simply have to cut calories and be vigilant for the rest of your life.”

The Washington Post – Pica, the compulsion to eat dirt and other oddities, is found in many cultures – Ranit Mishori – And chalk, and coins, and even books. Turns out that eating (low-cal) dirt isn’t as abnormal as you might suppose. Still . . .

Serious Eats – Latte Art: How to Draw a Rosetta on Your Coffee – Meister – Though it’s supposed to start the day, the latte now appears at any hour. If you’ve wondered how they get those palm leaves to float on the surface here’s your answer. Easier than building a tandoor oven.

Video on TED.com – How to use a paper towel – Joe Smith – Seriously. This guy is worried about the waste of paper towels in public washrooms and has a method to save trees. Impressive. Here in this list because you’re going to want to wash after getting BBQ sauce everywhere, right? (And before, too, of course.)

Examiner.com – Small space cabin is 96 square feet – Mark Leevan – And you’re going to need a place to do all this building and eating and washing up. I recommend you maintain the concern about the environment and do it all in a small (but lovely) space. There’s an article to accompany the slideshow.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin – The Challenge of Staying Happier: Testing the Hedonic Adaptation Prevention (HAP) Model – Kennon M. Sheldon & Sonja Lyubomirsky – And for desert, I’ve got an academic paper. On why events that make us happy gradually lose their potency and what you can do about it. So you can keep that great meal repeating, so to speak. But beware: as the authors say “striving for ever greater happiness may set one on a hedonic treadmill to nowhere.” Bon appetit!

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