You Might Like … a Short Session With Soup, Hitchcock, Roma, Shades, Maillard, Guinness 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.

NYTimes – Twelve Cold Soup Recipes – Mark Bittman – From the Magazine, a 4 x 3 matrix of recipes for summer soups, arranged as to “smooth, chunky, creamy, sweet.” Time to let go of the potages of winter and explore something other than gazpacho — though there’s nothing wrong with that.


BBC – Olympian effort behind the saving of the Hitchcock nine
– Stuart Hughes – I tend to forget that Alfred Hitchcock was British; and I’m not sure I ever knew that he made silent films. At any rate, the British Film Institute has restored nine of his silents after much effort, as described in this article. As a bonus, there’s a 3 and a half minute video showing (after the ad) some of the footage from his Pleasure Garden.

Hub Pages – The Gypsies – James A Watkins – This is a largely derivative but still interesting overview of the Roma and their fate in Europe. I particularly like the illustrations.

The Wirecutter – Best Small TV – Adrienne Maxwell – Apparently one of life’s more challenging moments currently is the choice of the second (or third, or fourth) TV. The Wirecutter, a site that boasts definitive analysis and reviews of various technical paraphernalia, recommends the Panasonic TC-L32X5, weighing in at a mere 32 inches.

NYTimes – Chances Are – Steven Strogatz – This is a blast from the past, part of a series by Prof. Strogatz “on math, from basic to baffling.” The column here is on probability, perhaps the most important intersection between mathematics and real (which is to say, everyday) life.

OUPblog – Michael Palin on anxiety – Michael Palin – The travelling Python talks about stage fright and other versions of angst, all of which reminds us that our own sweaty palms are not the only pair on the planet.

Salon – 50 shades of Shutterstock – Salon Staff – “Everyone’s favorite light-bondage bestseller illustrated by inexplicable stock photography.” Or, to put it another way, funny photos accompanied by a paragraph of prose that you’re unlikely to read anywhere else. For a bonus here you might want to look at Vulture’s 50 suggestions for edits for these books.

The New Yorker – Hand on the Shoulder – Ian McEwan – For some really good prose, read this short story by McEwan, also involving lovers, as told by ‘Serena Frome (rhymes with “plume”)’.

Khymos – Maximizing Food Flavor by Speeding Up the Maillard Reaction – Martin Lersch – It’s BBQ season, when that seared crust makes the saliva flow. But the Maillard reaction happens lots of places other than on the grill, so it’s good to know how to promote it — especially when it can take 45 minutes to caramelize onions. Lersch goes into more detail than you’re likely to need, but he also offers a couple of take-aways that may just change your cooking forever.

BBC – Falling stout bubbles explained – Jason Palmer – Apparently it’s been a puzzle as to why bubbles in Guinness sink instead of rising as they do in other poured beers. Turns out it’s all in the glass. There are instructions for you to prove this for yourself. Cheers!

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