Not to Mention the Ingredients You’d Need for American Cheese

Better off just going to Corner Bistro.
Better off just going to Corner Bistro.Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

"A cheeseburger cannot exist outside of a highly developed, post-agrarian society. It requires a complex interaction between a handful of vendors — in all likelihood, a couple of dozen — and the ability to ship ingredients vast distances while keeping them fresh. The cheeseburger couldn’t have existed until nearly a century ago as, indeed, it did not." —Growing your own burger ingredients is basically impossible. [Waldo Jaquith]