How to make Hemingway’s perfect hamburger

Two thousand newly digitized documents of Ernest Hemingway’s personal papers in Cuba (where he lived from 1939 to 1960) recently made their way to Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum — among which were ‘instructions to the household staff, including how to prepare his hamburgers: ground beef, onions, garlic, India relish, and capers, cooked so the edges were crispy but the center red and juicy’. NYC-based food writer Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan set out to uncover the actual recipe, so here you have it: the recipe with precise instructions for making Hemingway’s perfect hamburger. Bon appetit.

Via The Paris Review

How to make Hemingway's perfect hamburger
How to make Hemingway's perfect hamburger

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