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Observing Food

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The Observer that I read on the train contained the 'Food Monthly' magazine. In addition to some really bad food photography accompanying the recipes, it had a few fun quotes:

Baking a loaf of bread will change the way you think about food. There is something simple, pure and frugal about a home-made loaf, and the feel-good factor is better than a trip to the gym.
Says Nigel Slater and is wrong. Firstly, I have made my own bread and it simply didn't change the way I think about food. Basically it's a lot of effort for something that'll neither be as fluffy and smooth as the loaf you buy in England nor as sturdy and your-adjective-here as a bread bought in Germany. Sure, I'm not particularly good at this, but apart from the look my own bread isn't it nice?-effect and that fact that warm bread just seems more appealing, bread you buy from a bakery will most certainly do better than your own. Hint: If you really want you can try to get a warm bread there and eat it immediately... Secondly, feel-good factor? WTF is this man talking about? A bread is a bread is a bread. Ironically he is also capable or more readily acceptable – yet trivial – aphorisms as

All food tastes better when you are ever-so-slightly drunk.

The last page of the magazine features a nice slag-off of the 'Atkins diet', which sounds suspiciously similar, though a bit more tacky, than the French diet stuff my parents used to do. I particularly liked the bit

Meanwhile Atkins is turning meat into a food lacking all dignity – a pappy filler for cheatd appetites and a junk medicine for human vanity. Eat a cow and loe a kilo. It puts meat on par with Diet Coke, and it doesn#t get any worse than that.

That article even counters with a healthy own diet programme, featureing for supper:

Eat whatever the hell you like. If you're actually trying to lose weight, eat whatever the hell you like, but not too much of it.

Now someone please explain to me why 'supper', 'dinner' and even 'tea' seem to be acceptable words to talk about the same meal...

What's the typeface used for the supplement by the way? Officina Serif perhaps? Unfortunately I don't have books or internet access to verify this right now.

September 15, 2003, 8:20

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