June 2006 Archives

Mon Jun 26 7:24PM (2006)

Eggplant in Spicy Garlic Sauce

..is a lot easier than I expected. Made some following the Jing Jing recipe (I wonder if Jing Jing is still there?). Time-consuming to fry the eggplant in small batches, but low-maintenance and easy to make. Burned my fingers pretty badly with spattered oil - one finger blistered and popped in seconds. Kind of interesting, but not recommended.

One eggplant soaked up about half a cup of peanut oil (don't tell Ginger, she doesn't want to know). Anyone know a good way to make this dish without frying? Baked eggplant is tasty but tough. Microwaved sounds too disgusting to try. How else?

Posted by Ed | Permanent link | File under: Food

Sun Jun 11 1:41PM (2006)

American Prometheus

Plus ça change and all that. We have some pretty contemptible people in our current government. Is it reassuring, or depressing, to know that other eras have had their share of evildoers? Yes, Oppenheimer really should have stood up and told the inquisitors to go fly a kite--but then what? He was up against monsters bent on destroying him; they would have kept attacking.

Fascinating book about a fascinating man. Oppenheimer is portrayed in rich detail as a complex being, human and so much more. His enemies get short shrift, appearing one- dimensional, but who cares? This isn't their book.

Disappointingly, the authors present a skewed view of the decisions to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, making them appear unjustified. Terrible they may have been -- no man should have had to make the call -- but there is much reason to believe that they were the right decisions, both at the time and even in hindsight. Through omission of key facts (e.g. the loss of life expected in the invasion) and exaggeration of others (intercepted communications), the authors paint a one-sided picture that uninformed readers may find difficult to overcome.

Despite its flaws, I highly recommend American Prometheus. Absorbing, educational, inspirational.

Posted by Ed | Permanent link | File under: Books