A reminder of the good old days

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 4 19:25:37 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
>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.

You'd want to make sure it's not understood in the manner of a
veggieburger or fishburger, i.e. as (several pieces of?  a slab of?)
bacon between two buns.


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