November 12, 2008

Cult of the imperfect

Heritage tomatoes are some of the gnarliest-looking objects I've seen, but they're meant to be absolutely delicious. So much for the correlation between perfect looks and perfect taste, at least when it comes to food. Lately, the European Union has come to agree, ending restrictions on selling bent and imperfect food that had led to the waste of tons of innocent fruits and vegetables. Given the design world's current proclivity for intentional imperfections as signifiers of authenticity, it's high time for the food industry to catch up.

While we're on the topic of food, this week's NY mag has a beautifully illustrated guide for Gothamites on how to throw a Thanksgiving dinner made exclusively from local food. And here I was, just shopping at the greenmarkets...

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