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Post A Yes for Peanut Butter
Created by John Eipper on 03/06/13 1:01 PM

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A Yes for Peanut Butter (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 03/06/13 1:01 pm)

JE's statement: "...peanut butter. Non-Americans cannot stand it. Any European, Asian/Oceanian, or Latin American WAISer fond of peanut butter? I didn't think so..." (6 March), is absolutely false. I love peanut butter (chunky, with no emulsifiers, and I throw the oil away), and eat it quite often on toast with fresh fruits.

When my children were younger, my wife would disguise the peanut butter and wheat germ with honey nut Cheerios for a most delicious combination. When I was growing up in Brazil, everyone I knew loved peanuts. It was common to make delicious "passoca" from grounded roasted peanuts, mixed with grounded roasted cassava (mandioca). Thus, I have enjoyed peanut butter all my life under Brazilian and American passports.

JE comments: I'm always happy to be set straight on my sweeping cultural generalizations! But what about the "passoca" factor? Doesn't this mean that Brazilians are already accustomed to a peanut butter of sorts?

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  • Another "Aye" for Peanut Butter (Henry Levin, USA 03/07/13 3:41 AM)
    Pilar Soler, who has lived in Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, and the US, adores peanut butter (without additives). Her brother, who lives in Venezuela, also loves it.

    JE comments: Henry Levin is referring to his charming wife Pilar, whom I had the chance to meet a year or so ago in Ann Arbor. The three of us enjoyed a Mexican (and peanut butter-free) lunch, but if I had only known Pilar's preferences...

    When Hank returns from his conference in Sweden, I hope he can ask his brother-in-law to comment on the transition in Venezuela. Perhaps, if the Chávez-era shortages come to an end, peanut butter will be more widely available.

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