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About zachatollah

I have ideas to extrovert, mostly about science, history, explosions, cooking, and the intersection of said topics.

Train of thought

After making a batch of blueberry yogurt multigrain pancakes, I left the dishes to simmer for a few days. Today, when I cleaned them up, I noticed that the batter bowl had a strong odor, one that cuts through the … Continue reading

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Modernist Cuisine: A Cooking Scientist’s Dilemma

Any article about science and cooking, much less one about a lab devoted to discovery and innovation within cooking, is bound to fascinate me, yet the idea of “modernist cuisine” leaves me feeling cold. The gist of the article is … Continue reading

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In Which I Make a Fool of Myself

Sister: What’s Hitler’s least favorite planet? Me: Jew-Uranus? Mom: Zach, think about it. [pause] Me: Oh.

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I Can Live With That

I was a little upset at first. I mean, obviously people are going to think I’m a showboat, and a little bit of a prick. But then I thought… that’s me. I said those things, I did those things. I … Continue reading

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A Moment of Indulgent Pretense

You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel,┬áIf on a winter’s night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door; the TV is always on in the … Continue reading

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Coming to Grips

I think the worst part of a breakup is coming to terms with one’s shortcomings. In the past, I have willingly brushed these off as incompatibilities, or as another’s biased view of me, one that I could explain away if … Continue reading

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Inaugural Stew

A few things about beef stew: 1. It is always easy to make. I used this recipe, which, like all stew recipes, is basically “Brown beef in pan, add everything else unless it will get soggy if overcooked, cook for … Continue reading

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