When traditions go awry

 Sick Societies is an interesting book, but in many ways it's scattershot. An anecdote out of context doesn't always illuminate whether or not a tradition is the cause of the "sickness," in this case botulism: 

Treats that I appreciate: chocolate tea and French lard sauerkraut

I mostly eat locally produced foods, but I do like to have some treats now and then. Today I had two incredibly delicious things.

On an impulse I picked up some French sauerkraut from Fairway made by Andre Laurent. Yes, the French really do it better. Maybe some day we'll figure it out. Yesterday I had some sauerkraut at Fette Seu in Williamsburg and while my friend Zev appreciated it, I found it rather chrunchy and "young" tasting, meaning it just didn't have any flavor besides acid.