Gastronomic blasphemy in latest Art & Appetite | Letter

Mar 10, 2016

Editor, The Beacon:

Having had other obligations, I was sorry to miss the first Edmonds Clam Chowder Cook-Off, but enjoyed reading about it in your issue of March 3 [“Ivar took all the good clam puns,” Art & Appetite, page 4].

However, I can't let pass the gastronomic blasphemy expressed by James Spangler in his otherwise (as usual) great column.

He wrote, "Nobody really shook things up too much. It was all Manhattan style or, as I like to call it, 'real' clam chowder."

Wasn't there a winner of the cook-off in the "traditional clam chowder" category?

Manhattan clam chowder is adulterated with such things as tomatoes, peppers, and who knows what else.

Clam chowder needs only clams, potatoes, and the dairy products that hold these representatives of sea and earth together. Nothing else beyond a bit of salt and pepper needs to be added.

Surely, everyone knows that!



Joseph D. Aiguier,



Comments (2)
Posted by: james s spangler | Mar 10, 2016 17:02

Dear Mr. Aiguier,

You are, of course, entirely correct! It was all New England style. A rookie mistake on my part. My sincere apolgies!


James Spangler

Posted by: james s spangler | Mar 10, 2016 17:07

Furthermore, I understand that the esteemed Schubert Ho was indeed in attendance. Yet another unforgivable error on my part. I will endeavor to improve my accuracy in the future!

Further Chastened,

James Spangler

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