Where is the raisin bread with icing of yesteryear?
Those old enough to recall the 20th century will remember that supermarket cinammon-raisin bread once came with wonderfully sweet white icing on top, making it the perfect food. No longer. It’s been years since I’ve seen a loaf of raisin bread with icing in the supermarket. At first I thought perhaps they’d just run out, but as days stretched into weeks into months and then years, I realized that somehow that exquisite food had been declared persona non grata in the bread aisle by the powers that be. Alex Witchel, in an evocative essay which appeared in the February 28, 2007 New York Times Dining section, wrote about her “madeleine” issues; the piece follows. The Ultimate Cruelty: Abandoned by Ravioli IN New York things disappear all the time. Corner markets, tailors, opticians — one day they’re there, the next day they’re the branch of yet another bank you’ve never heard of. Just another fact of city life. But when food disappears … well, that’s personal. At least 10 years ago — pre