Funny Foods

Baked Alaska

See also Dessert.


Added by Maya on February 1, 2007 | You Like This |



In a 2002 article on Slate, David Mehnert writes the following:

"Baked Alaska is the archetypal queer food. Baked Alaska is ice cream and sponge cake, spread with a coat of whipped egg whites, broiled at 500 degrees for several minutes. The meringue insulates the ice cream, so there is no melting."

"Why is Baked Alaska queer? Because it breezily mocks the threat of damnation, goes to hell and back, and lives to tell the story. Baked Alaska's very identity, in fact, depends on having suffered an accusation of weakness, on surviving a trial by fire. It even gets a tan. What could be queerer than that?"

Tyler on February 1, 2007

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