Jack and J. J. take a bite out of strange and brutal food lore. From ortolans to formaldehyde-laced milk to vivisected fish, the Menu of the Mad is sure to offer something new for your palate.
In our first part we discuss the nested gluttony of ortolans and foie gras before moving on to examining a selection of urban legends and food misconceptions. We then get deep into true stories of food contamination (thanks, Victorian England). After we describe one of the weirdest ersatz foods ever concocted, we enjoy a break with deadly fruit before swallowing stories of the cruelest kind of food: vivisected creatures.
Part I: Nested Gluttony – Stuffing is Delicious
- Dormice from “In the Devil’s Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food” by Stewart Lee Allen. Canongate. 2002. P. 54
- “Chefs Fight for Songbird” by Liz Alderman. The New York Times. 13 October 2014.
- Ortolans from “In the Devil’s Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food” by Stewart Lee Allen. Canongate. 2002. P. 74
- Foie Gras via Wikipedia
- “The farmer who makes ‘ethical’ foie gras” by Dan Barber. http://www.theguardian.com. 18 January, 2015.
- Mellified Man from “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach. W. W. Norton and Company. 2003. P. 222.
- Mellified Man by J. J. Roye. www.handofjesseehorror.com. 9 March 2015.
Part II: Danger! – Urban Legends
- “Bumble Bee Foods, two managers charged in death of man cooked with tuna” by NBC News. www.nbcnews.com. 28 April 2015.
- “Rumor: HIV + Blood in Ketchup Dispenser” by David Emery. urbanlegends.about.com. Last updated: 26 November 2008.
- “Mayo Clinic” by Barbara Mikkeloson. snopes.com. Last updated: 28 January 2007.
- “Partially Decomposed Mouse in Coca-Cola” from The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings by Jan Harold Brunvand. W. W. Norton & Company. 1981. P. 85.
- Aspartame Controversy via Wikipedia
- “Aspartame – Sweet Poison?” by David. G. Hattan, Ph.D. snopes.com. Last updated: 8 June 2015.
- “Oil of Olé” by Barbara Mikkelson. snopes.com. Last updated: 26 August 2013. (“Rape in a Different Guise” chain letter)
Part III: LIES – Contamination and Fakery
- Heavy Metals in Victorian Penny Candy from “Swindled: The dark history of food fraud, from poisoned candy to counterfeit coffee” by Bee Wilson. Princeton University Press. 2008. P. 113.
- Blue Milk from “Swindled: The dark history of food fraud, from poisoned candy to counterfeit coffee” by Bee Wilson. Princeton University Press. 2008. P. 194.
- The Chinese Ersatz Egg from “Swindled: The dark history of food fraud, from poisoned candy to counterfeit coffee” by Bee Wilson. Princeton University Press. 2008. P. 313.
- “PCB-Contaminated Food in the Canadian Arctic” by Katherine Krevans Brieger. Pomona College, Claremont, California. 2011.
- “Analysis of Hydroxylated Metabolites of PCBs (OH-PCBs) and Other Chlorinated Phenolic Compounds in Whole Blood from Canadian Inuit” by Courtney D., C. D. Sandau, et. al. Originally published in Environmental Health Perspectives. 2000. Vol. 108. Pps. 611 – 616.
Part IV: Death From Above – Deadly Fruit
- Ackee via Wikipedia
- Manchineel via Wikipedia
- “My Most Unfortunate Experience: Eating a Manchineel ‘beach apple’” by Nicola H. Strickland. British Medical Journal. 12 August 2000; 321(7258): 428.
- Durian via Wikipedia
- “Here’s the Scoop on Jackfruit, a Ginormous Fruit to Feed the World” by Marc Silver. www.npr.com. 1 May 2014.
Part V: Brutality – Vivisected Food
- “Cheese Confessionals: I Ate Casu Marzu, aka ‘Maggot Cheese’” by Anna Ward. www.seriouseats.com. 28 January 2013.
- Casu Marzu via Wikipedia
- Tofu Hell from “Extreme Cuisine: Exotic Tastes from Around the World” by Eddie Lin. Lonely Planet. 2009. P. 129.
- “‘They Actually Eat That:’ Loach Hell” by Kurokarasu. myths-made-real.blogspot.com. 1 September 2010.
- “The Art of Ikizukuri” by Alex Kwa. www.alexkwa.com. 25 August 2014.
- Ying Yang Fish via Wikipedia
Part VI: A Creepypasta for dessert.
- “Eat Your Greens” by Cosmo Fish. www.creepypasta.com. 14 October 2013.
- Video of Gordon Ramsey eating Casu Marzu
- Cracked’s The Six Most Sadistic Dishes from Around the World
Music used in this podcast:
The Panic Slowly Creeps In by Haunted Disco
Only Questions Remain by Neganote