Mustard comes in dozens of varieties. Why not ketchup?

The Ketchup Conundrum Original article in the New Yorker By Malcolm Gladwell August 29, 2004 Many years ago, one mustard dominated the supermarket shelves: French’s. It came in a plastic bottle. People used it on hot dogs and bologna. It was a yellow mustard, made from ground white mustard seed with turmeric and vinegar, which gave […]

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Our Sustainability Policy

Brexit, Extinction Rebellion and Covid and are just three of the powerful forces in play. Sustainability is a theme that runs through all these mega trends – how do we sustain our climate, our politics, our health? On a macro scale these questions generate vigorous debate but zooming into a small, independent business like Engine […]

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700 Kinds of Sausage

The wonderful Book of Sausages  describes in detail nearly 700 types of regional sausage from around the planet. A remarkable work of sausage scholarship recommended to all aficionados. […]

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New Hot Dog World Records

On American Independence Day, 4th July, Nathans (est. 1916) holds its annual hot dog eating contest for the most dogs eaten in ten minutes. In spite of Covid, 2020 saw new records in both female and male categories. Joey Chestnut beat his own record by one, eating 75 dogs and Miki Sudo wolfed down 48.5 […]

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The Hotdog Origin Story

Homer’s Odyssey, the oldest surviving text, written around 700 BCE, includes a description of a hungry man roasting sausage on a fire. Bread-making goes back even further with crumbs of flatbreads found in modern-day Jordan dating back at least 10,000 years. […]

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