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June 14, 1913


JAMA. 1913;60(24):1882-1886. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340240042020

PURE FOOD WELL COOKED  There is some truth in the assertion that neither states' rights nor slavery, but the frying-pan, brought on the Civil War; for frying encapsulated the food in a layer of fat impervious to the digestive juices, and the resulting indigestion aroused the mutual enmities and the berserker rage of our fathers. America is preeminently the land of the deadly hot bread, the sinker, the flapjack, the Bingo frankforter, the quick lunch, dyspepsia, with its consequent neurasthenia, and the stomach bitters, which often approximate whisky in alcohol content. It would not be difficult to prove that "bad cooking has driven many a man to drink." Not only are our meats often badly cooked, but also vegetables are frequently boiled in a way which deprives them of their characteristic odor and their toothsomeness. "Villainous and idiotic" are the only adjectives that can describe our methods of cooking vegetables,