Eat This Newsletter 037

15 August 2016

Authentic food news

  1. Hot on the heels of my confession two weeks ago that “I may have to rethink” non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, I am re-rethinking. Again. The scientist who originally described non-coeliac gluten sensitivity did another study, and found “absolutely no specific response to gluten”. So, what’s to blame? FODMAPs! (Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols) For a laugh, I went to fodmapfree.com, and blow me down if it wasn’t already a thing.
  2. I tell you what else is often not real: Key lime pie. Not even in the Keys: “It’s not easy to find real Key limes. Most of what you find around here are not indigenous limes. Those were wiped out by a hurricane in 1926.” Epicurious went in search of the real thing.
  3. Manga is a thing, so is food. But food manga? “[A] young chef at a contemporary high-end hotel wakes up on a battlefield during Japan’s civil war in the 15th century. … His cooking is so powerful that he is able to lure enemy combatants off the battlefield with the smell of grilled meat.” Unreal.
  4. Ready for a real gusher? Taste Australia’s Weirdest Produce in Attica’s Mysterious Garden.
  5. The thoroughly modern (post-Pasteur) version of the Reinheitsgebot permits yeast in addition to malted grains, hops, water in real German beer. But I don’t think it says anything about which yeast, which is good news for Belgian beer yeast boffins.
  6. Really unreal bonus: Hampton Creek just can’t help themselves. They paid people to ask stores to stock their pea-protein stabilised emulsion and buy large quantities. Now they claim it was for “quality control” and nothing to do with artificially inflating sales. Oh, and the animation in Bloomberg’s report is the stuff of nightmares.
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