Issue 14 Doubles Summer 2004
Ingestion / Food Games
Allen S. Weiss
“Ingestion” is a column that explores food within a framework informed by aesthetics, history, and philosophy.
See Daniel Spoerri, “La faim du C.N.A.C.,” in Allen S. Weiss, ed., Taste, Nostalgia (New York: Lusitania Press, 1997).2.
Make two parallel lists: everything that you ate for a month, and everything that you wanted to eat for a month. Describe the existential crisis that follows.
See Daniel Spoerri, Topographie anecdotée du hasard  (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1990).3.
Imagine a food fight different from those in kindergarten. Rabelais describes a battle where the principal weapon was a fouace, a type of brioche.
See the Iron Chef television show as a possible model.4.
Invent a new farce, in both senses of the word: stuffing and joke. I would propose a stuffed quail egg in a stuffed goose egg in a stuffed ostrich egg.
See the description of the suckling pig stuffed with live thrush in Petronius’s Satyricon.5.
Do a color-coded meal. So far, I find that the only monochromatic meals that really work gastronomically are white, red, and black.
See Joris-Karl Huysmans, À rebours  (Paris: Gallimard / Folio, 1977).6.
Imagine (or perform) some positive act of gastronomic vandalism or iconoclasm. José Bové’s sacking of a French McDonald’s as a symbolic act of anti-globalization is perhaps the most famous contemporary example.
See David Freedberg, The Power of Images (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989).7.
Describe the best and the worst meals you have ever had. The comparison of the two descriptions should reveal new aspects of your unconscious.
See Carolin C. Young, Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002).8.
Create an entire meal of “analytic” dishes, such as Alain Senderens’s renowned dessert at Lucas Carton, a coconut sorbet with fried pineapple and a glass of rum: a decomposed piña colada.
Use any recipe from any cookbook whatsoever, decomposing the chosen dish into at least three separate components.9.
Create a pièce montée (decorative pastry or sugar artwork.) This art must be resuscitated, popularized, enjoyed.
See Antonin Carême, Le pâtissier pittoresque  (Paris: Mercure de France, 2003).10.
Create your own food games. Please note that a successful food game is one that improves taste, heightens pleasure, deepens knowledge. Sheer provocation is frowned upon.
Allen S. Weiss, editor-at-large at Cabinet, is the author of many books, including Feast and Folly: Cuisine, Intoxication, and the Poetics of the Sublime (SUNY) and Breathless: Sound Recording, Disembodiment, and the Transformation of Lyrical Nostalgia (Wesleyan).
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