Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sodium without Fear

Although he prefers to write books with one syllable titles, I hope Mark Kurlansky will consider writing one called "Salad".

Depending on your source, salad was not an integral part of U.S. mealtime until the mid-twentieth century thanks to Lawry's. They claim that they were the ones to introduce it as a prelude to the evening meal at their Beverly Hills location.

My grandfather Ralph considered no meal complete without Lawry's seasoned salt which he always referred to simply as The Lawry salt or just Lawry's.

The Lawry's was always kept on a lazy susan on the table. There were lazy susans in the cabinets as well where there were back up bottles of Lawry's should the one on the table go empty during a blizzard or nuclear holocaust.

Sodium was something we studied in chemistry and did not dread as part of our diet back in those days. My grandfather died at 62, but the impact of Lawry's was never discussed.

I think the orange color on their logo was totally co-opted by MUNI in the 1970s.

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At 3:40 PM, Blogger jason said...

well, I had no idea!
(there was a restaurant, salads, orange color...etc.)

Lawry's is a bedrock of Soul Food round here.

At 5:29 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Jason - That's interesting that something that was the bedrock of bad Midwestern white culture took on a life in a much tastier cuisine.


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