I have to ask: is Wok and roll the best name ever, or bestest name ever? Apparently it is the current name of the restaurant where John Wilkes Booth plotted to kill Lincoln. This captivating Ted talk is a great and varied look at the history of “Chinese” food in America. Also, the reactions of Chinese to fortune cookies is priceless.
A nice little TED talk on how food consumption influences the very foundations of a city.
It has always interested me that, even though our money has been spent the same way for the last couple thousand years – we need food and shelter above all – the cost of things has changed dramatically. Think about it – food is virtually limitless these days. You want tropical fruit? You can just go to a store down the street. A hundred fifty years ago, though, you could only buy what was locally grown.
Here is an article with what prices were in Roman times. Have you ever wondered how many desert grapes you could have boughten for a Pannonian beer? I’m sure you have, and now you’ll know. But even over the past fifty years things have changed greatly. Our shifting lifestyles are, to put it mildly, dramatic. I wonder about our glorious video game future?