Monday, March 30, 2009

The Future of Fromage Frais

My daughter stumbled on a site the other day that had us in stitches laughing and should you take a moment to visit, it will reveal much about our warped sense of humor., is a British site about all things bookish.  In an annual nod to the oddest book title published over the past year, they've created the Bookseller/Diagram Prize.  Initially inspired as a way to provide some light hearted entertainment during the Frankfurt Book Fair back in 1978, the judging of titles as odd, quirky or humorous has become a much anticipated event and this year's selections and award winner do not disappoint.  But before we talk about the winner, let's review some of the past recipients of this prestigious award; titles that should not be missed. 
  • Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (first recipient ever)
  • The Joy of Chickens 
  • The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling   
  • How to Avoid Huge Ships 
  • Highlights in the History of Concrete
  • Weeds in a Changing World
  • Living with Crazy Buttocks    **my personal favorite**
  • People Who Don't Know They're Dead:  How they attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It
  • The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America
  • Cheese Problems Solved
  • Waterproofing Your Child
And drum roll please for this year's recipient: 
A topical title to be sure for those of us milling about in the cheese aisle at our local grocery store wondering what the heck Fromage Frais is and what, if anything, is it's future.  Especially in 60 milligram containers.  Deep thoughts for these deep times. 
For those of you in the dark and probably not caring one bit, Fromage Frais is a mild French cheese that can range from a yogurt like consistency to something like sour cream and then something even firmer than that--think cream cheese.  It's rather flavorless, in Europe is sold with fruits or herbs and here in the states works well as a dip or spread with other yummy-ier ingredients added to it.   Hardly worth analyzing--in 60 milligram containers or otherwise.  

I think I need to get to Whole Foods  today and bring home some Roquefort--at least several ounces worth to mull over.       

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