Instead of studying Locke, for instance, or writing – I go make an apple pie, or study The Joy Of Cooking, reading it like a rare novel.
But the worry is not that we will let our consumption gluttony destroy our economy; it is, rather, that we might let our obsessive notions of individual freedom destroy our democracy.
I can’t wait to cook off the books this week, do that kind of thing summer junkies like me live for, heading to one of the innumerable local markets, grabbing all of the corn, eggplant and tomatoes our large and tiny arms can haul and eating simple meals.
We have a history of, you know, first we eat only grapefruits. Then we decide that eggs are terrible for us, and now eggs are good for us. … We go back and forth all the time, and there’s always some diet craze that’s on the best-seller list. I can’t remember a time in my lifetime when there wasn’t some diet that everybody was saying: ‘You have to eat this.’ They always go away, and they get replaced with something else. But sensible people still have to eat and cook, and I personally think that a world with no carbohydrates is a pretty sad place.
i suppose there are people who can pass up free guacamole, but they’re either allergic to avocado or too joyless to live.
Frank Bruni in Born Round.
Truer words have literally never been uttered.
i for one have never been capable of turning away free guac.
Sweetener, sweetener, fat, salt, sweeteners. The fact is the American diet is sweetest diet in the world and it is the sweetness in the diet that drives wanting…
Former F.D.A. commissioner, David Kessler describing the ingredients in McDonald’s Caramel Dip served with apple sticks in their “healthier” Happy Meals.
Kessler talks to Here and Now’s Robin Young about how the fast food industry has rewired our brain circuitry with cues (caramel sauce, whipped cream, all those extra unnecessary add-ons) which stimulate the WANT for those foods regardless of hunger-level. These cues create anticipation for the flavor and experience of eating those high-fat, high-sugar foods. Eating said foods reinforces the desire to eat more, regardless of satiety, perpetuating a vicious feedback loop.
By taking a perfectly good apple, and introducing a caramel dipping sauce, McDonalds has in effect changed our relationship with fruit. The apple is now a delivery system for the highly addictive, excessively sweet caramel sauce.
“In essence what we’ve done is to take good food, apples, and make them super-stimulants.”
I like large parties, they’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
I feel big, you know what I mean
Like not, not big in the sense of weight
You know what I mean like gaining weight
Or nothin’ like that, like colossal
Baking is to the food world, what ballet is to the dance world. Precise, beautiful, but terribly difficult.
Love the metaphor.