A dress stitched together from pieces of flank steak is on display at the Donald Young Gallery in Chicago. Montreal artist Jana Sterbak's creation is slack and sleeveless and looks rather like a daring frock circa 1919, except for a certain lumpy quality in the folds. It has been salted so that in the course of the exhibition it will turn into jerky. Thanks for sharing with us, Jana.
Prodigy seems to be the most food-oriented computer information service. In addition to microwave stuff, on-line gourmet food shopping and the Zagat Restaurant guide, it has a food and wine club bulletin board with tips from John Mariani on restaurants and Robert Parker on wine. Famous chefs also do one-month stints on Prodigy, contributing recipes and answering questions from subscribers. So far they have included Marion Cunningham, Deborah Madison, Paul Prudhomme, Michael Roberts and Ken Hom.
Teeny Tiny Vegetable News
Gene-splicers at a USDA lab in Salinas have developed a lettuce that gets no larger than a tennis ball (perfect for salad for one, they say); watch for it on the market by 1993. Meanwhile, a group of university scientists in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have perfected a miniature garbanzo bean. Well, it's not an absurd idea; the mini-garbanzo is fungus-resistant and the scientists see potential for export to India because it has a peppery flavor.