The eater’s and drinker’s guide to New Orleans
Whether you’re in the city to drink your face off or nosh till you drop, Barry Hertz has the guide to Nawlin’s tailored to your every need!
Kitchen nightmares: Rachel Herz unravels mystery of repulsion in That’s Disgusting
When European colonists discovered lobster in the 1600s, it was considered food for the poor. The sea vermin was used as fish bait and fertilizer and fed to orphans, slaves and prisoners. Servants rebelled. Massachusetts, eventually, passed a law forbidding the serving of lobster to prisoners and servants more than twice a week. “A daily lobster dinner was deemed cruel and unusual punishment,” Rachel Herz writes in her book, That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion. Today, lobster is a decadent dish reserved for special occasions, say a birthday or anniversary or a last meal on death row.
Culture defines what is disgusting. For example, Herz, an expert on the psychology of smell and emotion at Brown University, grew up in Montreal, where poutine is popular; however, the slimy, cheesy treat might be considered gross in Asia where some people think cheese is repulsive.