December 18, 2005 3 Comments
A fellow Rothbardian, whose name rhymes with Phil Filigree, was delighted when his wife told him she’d be making manicotti and steak for dinner. Then, she laughed. She was kidding. She just said it because it sounds like the title of a certain Austrian treatise.
He suggested I come up with a recipe, but I’m not sure our steak budget is generous enough for such experimentation.
I googled the phrase to see if anyone else had thought of it. Indeed, one Scott Lahti, who tried to destroy the evidence by deleting his blog, once wrote the following:
…as an economist of the Austrian school, I would be remiss if I did not mention that far superior work on regional Chinese delicacies by one who was himself a master of epistemology – Hunan Action by Ludwig von Mises, whose great disciple, Murray Rothbard, refined his mentor’s culinary-praxeologic insights from a vantage which diverged from the former in national cuisine and epistemology alike, in a work beloved of Brooklyn restaurateurs, the magisterial Manicotti and Steak, whose neo-Thomist epistemology found as much favor with local Jesuits as its Neapolitan pasta-and-beef offerings sated the appetites of two generations of libertarian mobsters.
And here are the obligatory bookstore links for anyone who doesn’t get the puns: