Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Pineapple and mayonnaise--why not?

My new favorite thing:

I even discovered the key word of American culture, namely 'Why not,' starting with the traditional invitation such as 'Why don't you have dinner with me tomorrow?' and ending with a declaration of love such as 'Why don't you sleep with me tonight?' Europeans do things due to emotional or rational reasons that speak for such an action whereas Americans do things when nothing seems to speak against such an action. That explains the admirable activity and hospitality but also the lack of purpose and taste to be found in America, as well as the horrible cuisine in this country. Pineapple and mayonnaise--why not? There are, of course, reasons against this combination but there will probably be no longer any Europeans capable of explaining these reasons until the average American will be able to understand them.

-Erwin Panofsky to Walter Friedländer, 1932

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Martha said...

Alas, that terrible combination is alive and unwell in the American south. I grew up occasionally encountering a dish of canned pineapple rings topped with a dollop of mayonnaise and shredded cheese at potlucks and buffets. It is highly, highly disturbing.

Mon Sep 11, 07:11:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

also:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jul/01/elizabeth-david-food-cookbook

Wed Jul 01, 10:30:00 PM GMT  

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