Purple is the “Natural” Color for…Carrots.

Did you know that carrots were originally purple, not orange?! According to Tony Booth, top veg supplier at Borough Market in London, the orange variety we see everywhere today was originally bred to match the colors of the Dutch royal family. You can still find the purple varieties around if you try, and also look out for golden, yellow, and white carrots.

– Jamie Oliver, Cook with Jamie, 308.

Oops.

Penguin Group Australia is pulping 7,000 copies of The Pasta Bible cookbook because the recipe for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto called for sprinkling the dish with “salt and freshly ground black people.”

Embarrassing? Yes. But was it really necessary to pulp nearly $20,000 worth of merchandise? Is this sort of dramatic gesture even helpful?

Read the entire story.

Frequent Malversation

I see nothing quite conclusive in the art of temporal government,
But violence, duplicity, and frequent malversation.
King rules or barons rule:
The strong man strongly and the weak man by caprice.
They have but one law, to seize the power and keep it,
And the steadfast can manipulate the greed and lust of others,
The feeble is devoured by his own.

– T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral

The Five Love Languages Critiqued

While Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages offers some insight into how one can better communicate love and care to others, it’s core assumptions are fundamentally flawed, and the “economy of love” that it assumes is, at day’s end, the opposite of true love: self-interested manipulation of the beloved rather than self-sacrifice for the sake of the beloved.

Elaboration: Read Love Speaks Many Languages Fluently by David Pawlison.