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The tastiest of the tasty…


Inspired by The Morning News’ Tournament of Books, the folks at Food52.com launched The Tournament of Cookbooks!— in which “the 16 most notable cookbooks of the year vied for the coveted Piglet trophy,” with leading food writers and chefs servings as judges.

And a winner has emerged:  April Bloomfield’s A Girl and Her Pig, Recipes and Stories.  Follow her progress– and the fates of the vanquished– in this summary bracket.


As we reach for our forks, we might spare a sweet thought for Ira Remsen; he died on this date in 1927.  An accomplished doctor, medical researcher, and the second President of Johns Hopkins University, Remsen is perhaps best remembered for his discovery (in 1879), with research assistant Constantin Fahlberg, of the artificial sweetener orthobenzoyl sulfimide.  (Munching on a roll in the lab, Remsen noticed that it was unnaturally sweet; as there was nothing unusual about the bread, he licked his fingers, onto which a few grains of the chemical had stuck. Eureka!)  Remsen and his assistant published the finding the following year, and Remsen put it out of his mind…  until Fahlberg patented the sweetener and began to market it as “saccharin.”

Ira Remsen



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March 4, 2013 at 1:01 am

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