A reminder of the good old days

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Sat Apr 4 16:36:13 UTC 2009

From:    Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU>

> In the anthropology of foodways, when and how did cheese become a
> default ingredient of what's called a "hamburger"?  And even bacon.
> We can't blame the Jews for those developments! I suppose it's just
> an aspect of the fattening and sickening (and impoverishing) of
> America. I don't recall even seeing the word "cheeseburger" on menus
> anymore.

I've never thought/heard of cheese and/or bacon becoming default
ingredients of a hamburger--one with both of those is a bacon
cheeseburger to me, with only one it's a cheeseburger or a baconburger.[1]

If this is the case, perhaps it's a regional thing, or associated with a
particular restaurant chain or type of restaurant. (For my part, I
refuse to eat at places that are faster-food than Panera-type things, so
if cheese is the default now at Burger King or McD's, i wouldn't know.)

[1] At least this is what i *think* i'd call it, since i have no direct
experience with a hamburger with bacon but no cheese--i doubt i'd like it.

David Bowie                               University of Central Florida
     Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
     house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
     chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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