Posts from 19th October 2003

Oct 03

Proven By Snack Research

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Proven By Snack Research: my mum was right!! Further study reveals that flavoured crisps were invented by the manufacturers of the crisps with the BEST NAME EVER, and that the little blue paper-twist of salt dates back to 1923 (before google, only a true Snack Scholar would have known to look for this fact in a Timeline of the History of Bradford).

jaxx = roXoR

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jaxx = roXoR

Check out Michaelangelo Matos’ fantastic Voice article Love Is All, which assesses the new ‘n heartstoppingly brilliant Basement Jaxx album in the same piece with the very good Rapture album (I feel sorry for The Rapture already), and dig the ILXism in the subheadline: “Early ’00s stuck in early-’80s dance-rock via early-’90s dance-rock time-warp shockah!” Now I won’t rest until somebody in print starts a review with “haha”.

CHEAP FOOD WE LOVE: Supplementary (Crisps, History of)

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CHEAP FOOD WE LOVE: Supplementary (Crisps, History of) So who invented them, and when? I don’t mean merely thinly sliced potatoes, deep fried as a garnish – bcz the answer to that is almost certain to be the French, probably during the amazing burst of necessary competitive creativity after the French Revolution, when a glut of good cooks lost their jobs in many an aristocratic household and had to place themselves – eventually worldwide – at the mercy of the rising bourgeousie, in the form of the newly invented Urban Restaurant Trade (no Robespierre, no eating out, fact fans). No, I mean, cheap and lovely crisps in packets, manufactured en masse via industrial deep fat friers (these essential machines invented when?) My mother claimed Smiths Crisps already existed during WW2, but when pressed on this – surely rationing would have limited wartime availability? – decided she was less sure, and started discussing the legendary little blue paper-twist of salt instead, which only disappeared in the late 60s. (Yes yes I could google this and so could you, but I feel the UNINFORMED PRIOR discussion that emerges DURING the shared consumption of the item in question has a “truth” that actual real researched facts may miss ahem)