Life's too short to eat bad food - Me

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic - Arthur C. Clarke

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Food Wars: Episode V - The Monster Thickburger Strikes Back

If you're afraid of butter, use cream. - Julia Child
This is an interesting article in the WaPo about how the food "wars" have become part of the broader culture wars.  One side can can come off as condescending.  The other as ignoring reality.  Julia Child berated the "Food Police", decrying those who suggested using "healthier" and foul tasting substitutes for the real thing.   She enjoyed the occasional In-N-Out Burger and McVomit's fries until they stopped using lard as the frying medium.  But I cannot even imagine her making a political statement defending the KFC Double Down as food.

My personal motto, noted above, is "Life's to short to eat bad food". This does not imply avoiding foods that are technically bad for me. Give me a fat laden Mangalitsa rib chop or an occasional Ted's Hot Dog. I like diner food. They make me happy.

It refers to food that is just bad. Engineered.  Mostly it refers to the crap served at national chains.  Why would anyone go to Olive Garden for cookie cutter pasta when we have so many locally owned "Spaghetti Houses" with better food and better value.

It's OK to splurge on food that is bad for you if it tasty and well prepared.  However I revere the words of James Hilton in Lost Horizon: "I would say it was "moderation". It's the virtue of avoiding excesses of every kind... including the excess of virtue itself".


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