> For those of you who cannot read Chinese, this message is to
> warn you against using the
> water you soak your mushrooms in. Most of the mushrooms on
> the market are from China,
> and are contaminated with chemicals (I think it is carbon
> bisulfide, correct me if I am wrong)
> which are soluble in water. You must discard the water in
> which you soak to soften the
> dried mushrooms.
> Guys, please forward this to your wives, daughters,
And, of course, I was riled by the implied sexism of the e-mail, because of course what it really boils down to is: men don't soak dried mushrooms; women do. So guys, your involvement in this only goes as far as forwarding the e-mail, because if anyone is going to end up stiff as a board on the kitchen floor with a puddle of toxic fungus water nearby, it's going to be one of the three women this e-mail assumes are in your life.
So, while we're occupied with boiling things down to their basic content, what's really bugging me about this e-mail is:
- the assumption that men don't cook/prepare food, or that only women do.
- the lack of detail. What about this chemical is so harmful?
- the lack of scientific substantiation. Has anyone been lab-testing mushrooms and finding this particular chemical, in amounts worthy of being mentioned?
- that it fails to answer this absolutely unimportant, but nonetheless nagging question. Have people not been discarding their mushroom-infused water?
A writer I know of also seemed to be in the habit of boiling things down to bare bones.
"And now these three remain," the apostle Paul wrote centuries ago. "Faith, hope and love."
"But the greatest of these," he concludes...
That which I hope will be all that remains when my life is distilled...
"The greatest of these is love."