Sunday, January 10, 2010

Convergence of Great Things

This is in no way timely, but I forgot to post this when it was more relevant, and don't want to have to wait until Thanksgiving next year. Three things near and dear to my heart are maps, great food, and celebrations. This set of maps is just about the coolest thing ever - they graphically represent what recipes people are googling in different states.

These maps bring up several critical points - most urgently, what on earth is wrong with Californians? We appear to eat apple pie and pumpkin pie at alarming low rates. One possible explanation is that Californians are just better cooks and don't need recipes for pie? I'm not sure about that. Also, why are people googling recipes for fruit salad? Why do people in the south not eat stuffing? Do they call it something else? Why does everyone eat sweet potato casserole? Isn't the point of a casserole that it is a one pot meal? Does this mean that sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving includes turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet and mashed potatoes, all in one pot? No wonder they need a recipe. Its really worth taking a look at all of the maps, but here are some of the more notable ones...

So many questions, so few answers.