Unforgettable food problems

  • Deliquescing potatoes
  • Smoking tar in a coffeepot
  • Spoiled meat helpfully dragged out of your garbage by a raccoon in July
  • The hot peppers your translator won't eat
  • Fernet Branca
Things that Fernet Branca tastes like:
"medicine. You’re going to hate it, I promise."
"Poison"
"the end of a bad marriage, all bile and bitterness followed by a certain sulky relief."
"a mixture of aromatherapy essences and dilute Marmite."
"somewhere between pine-scented lysol and baking-soda toothpaste with hints of anise, molasses and ashtray."