The Daily Feed: In Defense of Cinnamon

Jay Rayner, restaurant critic of The [UK] Observer, has recently spent time in Los Angeles. His biggest complaint about our country? Cinnamon. “Cinnamon is like herpes in a hippy commune: bloody everywhere.”

In his anti-cinnamon tirade yesterday on the Word of Mouth Blog, this Top Chef Masters judge railed against America’s overuse of this warm, autumnal spice, and his timing couldn’t be more pointed. Tomorrow, we'll cap off our holiday dinners with a generous slice of cinnamony pumpkin pie, cinnamony apple pie, or, with any luck, both.

So here’s an invitation to our friend across the pond: instead of condemning our love affair with cinnamon, give us another shot. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on a thick slice of hot, buttered toast, fold some cinnamon into softly whipping cream as it billows and poufs, and spoon some into the cavity of a hollowed-out apple—with a scoop of brown sugar and a generous pat of butter—then place it in the oven to soften and ooze.

Try cinnamon the way many of us here enjoy it—not chemically enhanced or artificially flavored—but simply, judiciously, and with restraint.

A slice of pie, Mr. Rayner?

Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.

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