poop should be renamed “doof,” since that is food backwards
April 17, 2014 7:12 PM   Subscribe

Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt shadows chef Wylie Dufresne for a day.
posted by moonmilk (27 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

Lisa Hanawalt is the best.

...that's it, that's all I got. MOVE ALONG.
posted by Merzbau at 7:15 PM on April 17

My favorite part was "Georgia O'Keeffes".
posted by foobaz at 7:19 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]

Oh man, speaking of Hanawalt and O'Keeffe

(maybe a smidglet NSFW)
posted by Merzbau at 7:22 PM on April 17 [9 favorites]

Something I find odd in the drawings - occasionally the 'other' person, like the massage therapist seems to be drawn so well, while consistently the author draws herself in such a rediculously poor form. Badly drawn body perspectives and whatnot. Aside from that it was kind of neat.
posted by efalk at 7:32 PM on April 17

My roommate totally stole my copy of My Dirty Dumb Eyes so I just decided it was his birthday present (and honestly, if I cared that much, I'd just as for it back, but he likes Hanawalt's work much more than I do).

I love her art overall and more importantly, I think comics about food are the best. I loved this. She's hilarious in a smart but approachable way. You always to be a part of the weirdness of her jokes with her and I think that's great.
posted by darksong at 7:34 PM on April 17

That was a fun read!

I don't want anybody to like sea urchin so there will more for me.
posted by peripathetic at 7:47 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]

That was delightful!
posted by xingcat at 7:52 PM on April 17

Oh holy shit Merzbau that is the funniest thing I have seen since I just read the words 'sex cheese'. Thanks.
posted by gnutron at 8:01 PM on April 17

This article is like Lucky Peach Online.

L.P.O., as the cool kids are calling it. Someday, I hope to call it that.
posted by Sunburnt at 8:02 PM on April 17

I disagree. Barf should be renamed doof.
posted by King Sky Prawn at 8:35 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]

Too aggressively cute for me, but please, enjoy.
posted by oneironaut at 8:38 PM on April 17

I don't know the artist/writer. Never heard of her. Also, I read a lot of food writing. A lot. So:

I eat the ravioli too fast to see what’s inside, but based on the flavor I would describe it as “sex cheese.” It’s hard not to giggle with discovery as I eat.


The chilled egg drop soup is the one dish I don’t finish, only because I don’t love sea urchin. Urchins taste like whipped semen and look like a million tiny fingers hatching out of a baby shit-colored brain. Look, if Wylie doesn’t like tomatoes, I don’t have to like urchins.

There needs to be more food writing like this. Not necessarily with the sex references, but with the acknowledgement that experimental food can be interesting, but that not liking it 100% doesn't mean you're an idiot.

More drawings would be great too, but I'd settle for the above.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:07 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]

like whipped semen

If semen is into that who are we to judge?
posted by biffa at 10:40 PM on April 17

wd-50 is my go-to celebration restaurant. It's always an adventure. It's always amazing. I've been going there a lot more and just sitting at the bar and ordering al a carte things. If you live in NYC you should go you should go you should go!

but not too much so I can keep going
posted by Brainy at 11:49 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]

Are there any restaurants like these in the Bay Area? This article's just made me all the more hungry.

(Though I do have a violent, irrational aversion to celery and berries. The mushroom-and-blue-cheese-allergic person can swap dishes with me.)
posted by divabat at 11:57 PM on April 17

How can I get those faux peas that are actually carrots coated in pea dust? Just thinking about them pleases me to an irrational degree.
posted by Mizu at 2:27 AM on April 18

poop should be renamed “doof,” since that is food backwards

Surely doof should be vomit.
posted by jaduncan at 2:43 AM on April 18

This was super neat! I loved the writing and I love Wylie Dufresne, mostly because he seems like a very affable nice man who does very interesting things with food. I have always wanted to eat at WD-50, but alas, I am a vegan and would not want to request he change his special magical unicorn ways for my meal. So thanks for this!
posted by Kitteh at 4:43 AM on April 18

My youngest son's first word was doof. It was clearly pronounced. The only explanation we ever came up with is that he was pronouncing food backwards.
posted by mareli at 4:56 AM on April 18

Kitteh: the first thing they ask you is if you have any dietary restrictions. I feel like they already have a vegan game plan and I can't imagine it's just to tell you to leave. Wylie seems to enjoy challenges so I'm sure that's just another one.
posted by Brainy at 6:42 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]

This lovely article made me want to buy American cheese for the first time as an adult. Thanks for the inspiration.
posted by oceanjesse at 6:53 AM on April 18

For some reason I had this impression wd-50 was overly formal or hard to get into or something but looking over the website, well I'll will definitely stop in for a cocktail and ala cart snacks next time I'm in that part of town ( plus ordering at the bar is a cheap way to sample places plus I can pretend I'm a spy casing the joint for my contact.)
posted by The Whelk at 7:03 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]

If you'll excuse me, I've got to go knird - had a lot of coffee this morning.
posted by 3FLryan at 7:13 AM on April 18

FYI Whelk, the cocktails at Alder (wd~50's baby sister) are out of this world.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 7:14 AM on April 18

How can I get those faux peas that are actually carrots coated in pea dust? Just thinking about them pleases me to an irrational degree.

Use a small (tiny) melon baller to make the carrot balls. Cook as per usual. Grind dried peas to a fine powder. Roll one in the other and kaboom.

I have always wanted to eat at WD-50, but alas, I am a vegan and would not want to request he change his special magical unicorn ways for my meal.

Every chef at this level (or at least the experimental ones) has alternate menus to deal with most major dietary restrictions. Tell them you're vegan when you make your reso, and you will have just as much of a magical unicorn experience as the person next to you.

For comparison, Next (Grant Achatz' other restaurant, that does menus which change every three months) spent three months doing nothing but a vegan menu.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:19 PM on April 18

This was the sweetest thing.
posted by putzface_dickman at 7:58 PM on April 18

Update: Lisa Hanawalt food-themed book coming from Drawn & Quarterly!
posted by moonmilk at 9:09 AM on May 1

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