Beef tallow fancy fries, or: Malcolm Gladwell broke my heart

Sike, I’m fine. I’m just making fun of Malcolm Gladwell’s clickbait-y style, and in this case, the actual title of one of his sensationalist podcasts, here. To make an unnecessarily long story shorter, in one Revisionist History podcast, Malcolm Gladwell realized that McDonald’s fries aren’t as good now as they were when he was a kid. He went on a quest to figure out why, and apparently it’s cause they used to use beef tallow to fry their fries in, and then the trans-fat scare in the 90s made them have to change to vegetable oil. He talks to some food scientists who explain why they don’t make as good fries (something about the oil permeating the potato?), and eventually makes some with a food scientist at their place. read more