Small Peanuts?

If you've been reading our blog more or less every day (and if you haven't, shame on you), you'll recall that one out of every 200 people is allergic to peanuts.

That means there's a good chance that someone reading this right now is afflicted. First of all, to you, the peanut-allergy sufferer, I'd like to say, hello and welcome. We're glad you're with us today. I'd also like to commiserate by letting you know that I, too, suffer from allergies to dairy, garlic, yeast, and hay fever. Woe is us.

But unlike you, I cannot call up an airline in advance and insist that every peanut or peanut-related product be taken off my flight "“ for everyone! Yes, it's true. Because allergic reactions can be sometimes life threatening, those who suffer can order a peanut-free flight. It sounds comical, but it's not. In some cases, sufferers sitting in coach who even as much as smell a bag of peanuts being ripped open as far away as business class will experience all the horrible symptoms as if they've just eaten a peanut themselves.

Still, many airlines cannot guarantee a peanut-free flight, even if the request is made in advance. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network:

To avoid possible inhalation or skin contact reactions due to large numbers of people opening their peanut snacks, most peanut-allergic passengers are well-advised to fly on one of the following airlines that don't serve peanut snacks: American, United, Northwest, Jet Blue, Spirit, Aer Lingus, Al Italia, and British Air and ATA.

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TASCHEN
Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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