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January 23, 2013

Dirt [Not] Cheap

Dirt Risotto
Japanese Restaurant Uses Dirt as the Main Ingredient for Its Expensive Dishes Chef Toshio Tanabe once won a cooking competition with his signature dirt sauce, and from that point on he put together an entire menu based on the unusual ingredient. Now the restaurant is offering dishes priced as high as $110 with Kanuma dirt in them.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 23, 2013 2:49 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Not sure the Japanese have ever encountered anything they wouldn’t stick in their pieholes. Poison fish? Yum…

Hell, there is a reason we had to go nuclear on them…twice.

Posted by: tim at January 23, 2013 12:32 PM

Can I get that with onions, hold the dirt?

Posted by: Casca at January 23, 2013 5:42 PM

Somewhere in the backwoods of Kentucky a toothless hick is feeling mighty validated right now.

Posted by: Cameron at January 23, 2013 6:00 PM

I'll have the Spam, Spam, dirt, and Spam, please.

Posted by: Harry at January 23, 2013 6:35 PM

You got to eat a peck of dirt before you die.

Posted by: Fat Man at January 23, 2013 7:21 PM

That's a prate of barbequed puffer fish penis with a side of sidewalk garnished with high heel scrapings.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 24, 2013 5:34 AM

Dirt beats the shit out of a chocolate pie, ala The Help.

Posted by: arcs at January 24, 2013 7:22 AM

The story does mention "pica" and black soil so I wonder if mineral content imparts a particular flavor.

Geophagia (earth eating) is not unheard of in the states. Even here in Georgia I recall seeing packages of kaolin for sale at rural gas stations.


"Published accounts report that it is not unusual for pregnant women in rural Georgia and elsewhere to engage in some type of pica. Patients and health care providers may not even consider this behavior abnormal, given the acceptance of women's cravings during pregnancy. The ingestion of white clay occurs predominantly among African American women who have been introduced to eating clay by family members or friends, either as children or during pregnancy."

Posted by: LS at January 25, 2013 11:44 AM

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