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Dietary Supplements: Thursday, February 17

Dietary Supplements is a daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Today we're serving up cookbooks and dentures. Enjoy!


Curious about a $625 cookbook? You should read Kenji Lopez-Alt's excellent account of Nathan Myhrvold's epic new cooking tome: Modernist Cuisine.

Hey New Yorkers, here's how you can eat like a caveman, an American in 1491, or an astronaut, and simultaneously support the Museum of Food and Drink.


At the Ogori cafe in Kashiwa, Japan, customers receive what the person before them ordered. Their own order goes to the next person in line.

The U.S. beef cattle herd is the smallest it's been for 50 years, but somehow produces double the amount of meat as the same number of cows did in 1960.

Globally, food prices have jumped 29 percent in the past year. Here in the United States, new data from the Consumer Price Index shows that the cost of meats, poultry, fish, and eggs has increased by 6 percent since January 2010.

The photo above shows a pair of George Washington's dentures; today's extra credit comes from The Smithsonian's excellent Food and Think blog, and describes the experience of dining with America's first president:

By the time he was elected, Washington only had one tooth remaining and had to rely on dentures, which not only restricted his diet to soft foods, but made public speaking extremely difficult. And the network of pins, wires and springs that kept the prosthetics in place were quite painful, sometimes to the point where toothaches would confine him to bed. [...] To add insult to injury, the ivory and animal teeth—not wood, as some stories might have you believe—used in the dentures were prone to staining and the president’s penchant for port wine turned his pearly whites pitch black.

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Dietary Supplements is a daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!

Image: George Washington's dentures, via the Mount Vernon Estate.


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