I was drawn to a quotation from Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy in the Love Music Love Food book, on peanut butter. Here it is:
"The thing people misunderstand about peanut butter is that it is not a substitute for butter! In fact there is nothing so fine as applying peanut butter to already semi-melted butter. The effect is moderately orgasmic."
I have to admit, I am also a lover of peanut butter spread onto buttered bread, which I know is not healthy but there is something about it that does make it feel downright naughty. I mentioned this to a friend, who with a wave of the hand, dismissed it as "too greasy", preferring her peanut butter spread more frugally, on dry toast.
Peanut butter was loved by Elvis, is loved by Lady Gaga and could possibly cut the risk of heart attacks. Yes, really.
So, the debate begins. With butter or without? What do you think?