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Gene Weingarten: This hot sauce is a killer

Washington Post
 2021-01-21

I recently got a package in the mail, a gift from America’s most famous assassin. It nearly killed me. When it comes to food, I am adventurous in my tastes, but I am a wuss about heat — a connoisseur of blandness. I can unerringly distinguish among mashed potatoes made with a little butter, mashed potatoes made with a little cream, and mashed potatoes made with a little olive oil. If I concentrate, I believe I can differentiate each of the eight fruits and vegetables in V-8. To me, love for food should be about the appreciation of subtlety, not a delight in savagery. I’ve never understood people’s reverence for hot sauce — food that literally hurts; it would be like loving riding a motorcycle but doing it barefoot and braking with your feet on the pavement. I think of it this way: People who like hot sauce like the Three Stooges. People who don’t like hot sauce like “Doonesbury.”

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