Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I'd like Jo and Gillette to comment on this. All I can say is, no way and at no time on my table. In fact, I won't look at paté the same way ever again.



Anonymous jo said...

I read that today and I was quite amused. Not that I enjoy the show, but on one of the early seasons of the American version of Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen he made things like pate out of pureed hot dogs and in his description to the contestants/'chefs' he ramped up the description saying it was fine pate and they RAVED about it.
I think many peoples perceptions of things are driven more by environment (i.e mood lighting, description, atmosphere, etc) over the actual TASTE of any item.
Having said that, they never really do tell what was IN the dog food. Since Newman runs a company based on Organics and wholesomeness I would assume that 90% of the ingredients were things that you and I would eat versus say a can of ALPO.
Just look at the difference in describing something as boudin noir vs blood sausage. Which would you eat?
Andouille in France is made with the lower sphincter and often tastes like it, in the US it is a lovely sausage of spiced meats in a regular casing. Many a tourist has been in for a rather taste filled shock when ordering Andouille in an 'authentic' French restaurant.
Tuna in a can vs cat food. Much of a difference? Perhaps we humans get the finer pieces, not those shot blasted off the bones in an effort to extract every morsel or bits of the bloodline all in an an effort to use every last bit, but all in all, probably not too far off base in content.
Unfortunately in this country pate often comes out of a tin in a gift basket and unless you dine in upscale restaurants or travel to Europe many probably haven't eaten a genuine, hand made pate.

I guess in the end that is what makes me sad. Never give it up! It is so lovely when done properly.

PS...where are the puppy pictures??? Having cute withdrawal.

2:36 AM  
Blogger Gillette said...


But then, again, I'm not much of a meat eater.

If I was, then I'm not sure it would be a huge deal. It's just all about our perceptions, really.

But...I'm not...so...eeeuwwww...

Another "mixing the species" product example- My Man gets really bad tooth abscesses. He found that large animal antibiotics gotten at the feed store work far better than anything prescribed. And at $6 for a half pound of the stuff, the price is a might bit better than $99+ for 25 pills of the overpriced human variety. He checked in with his doc, who was surprised, but did research and found no reason to stop his regimen.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every bit of research says that ambiance heavily influences taste: wine is rated higher if it has a pretty label, is priced higher, etc.; the same food is rated better if it's served on a nice plate and given a fancier name. (See mindlesseating.org for links to research.) But that isn't at issue here because the subjects knew they were tasting dog food and volunteered to do it. The real finding in this case is that dogs and people eat similar things and that dog food doesn't taste particularly good - it scored low -but it isn't as bad as some crap.

As to blind tests, we ran a bunch in college, including beer tastings - it was legal in days of yore for 18 year olds to drink. We found no one, literally no one could tell the difference between beers of similar appearance. We collected scores of tally sheets and the results were random. Tell a person it's Heineken, serve it cold in a glass and it's Heineken!

Now if you want REAL research, you need this: http://econ.ucalgary.ca/fac-files/rjo/wp0807.pdf.

The paper compares the two singers for AC/DC, Bon Scott (who I'm sure you know choked to death on his vomit) and Brian Johnson (who sounds like Bon Scott). The researchers - Canadians, eh - played songs from each version of AC/DC while volunteers played a bargaining game. Allow me to quote the last two lines: "our analysis suggests that in terms of affecting efficient decision making among listeners, Brian Johnson was a better singer. Our analysis has direct implications for policy and organizational design: when policymakers or employers are engaging in negotiations (or setting up environments in which other parties will negotiate) and are interested in playing the music of AC/DC, they should choose from the band’s Brian Johnson era discography."

I believe Mr. Blair is using this strategy in the Middle East.


5:55 AM  
Anonymous VJ said...

I've said for years that if it does not look like dog food reheated, it's probably not authentic Cajun! No really. Gumbo in particular.

And for the really old & grizzled guys, (the kinds of special blokes who use large animal vets & supplies for their Docs)? This has almost always been the case since time immemorial. Think about it. Cans of Pork & beans. Canned hash. Baked beans with pork. Literally almost anything with beans/rice & meat in a can will look suspiciously like dog food. From either end & any angle. It makes life easier on the geezers if we're all eating from the same plate as it were. Cheers & Good Luck, 'VJ'

4:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was doing my MBA at a Canadian University some 25 years ago we were asked, as part of a "marketing treasure hunt" to find out what proportion of dog food in Canada was eaten by humans: Unsuprisingly the pet food companies wouldn't tell us, but comparing dog food consumption by town with sales of other pooch-related items and income leads you to believe that dog food is often substituted for meat by the very poor and old.

2:06 PM  

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