meus intuitus

dietary respect

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One thing I highly respect the French for (that they are also unabashedly proud of) is how well they eat—not just taste-wise, but health and quality-wise.  In America, a burger and fries draws no suspicion for lunch or dinner.  In America, if you eat a raw whole tomato with your deli sandwich lunch, people will question you.  In America, you have to explain yourself if you eat a salad.  Not so in France.  Good food is an unspoken implication of daily life here.


Written by meusintuitus

July 8, 2011 at 3:29 am

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  1. American junk food really isn’t as cheap as people think because of all the packaging and small portions.
    As it is, only corn and soy subsidies keep junk prices as low as they are.

    Here in the states I find buying quality ingredients rather the pre-prepared processed meals is close to the same price or cheaper.

    The key is valuing enjoyment over convenience. I have to plan ahead and sometimes wait awhile before it’s time to eat. This is not something that comes to Americans easily.
    Plus most Americans seem to have lost any idea of how to cook and have become completely dependent on corporations to prepare food for them.
    Truly like a specialized caste in ant or termite mound… Termite soldiers with their enlarged heads cannot feed themselves without help from a worker.

    Indeed, part of my reason for cooking my own food besides being inspired by delicious food abroad:
    to affirm my identity as a multi-talented human being rather than just another micro-specialized termite.

    Giovanni Dannato

    August 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  2. I went to a McDonald’s in Paris and for 6 euros got a Salade Nicoise with foil packets of olive oil and brandy vinegar.

    Whatever country I’ve gone to, I’ve found American fast food chains cannot get away with serving the same food as they do in their country of origin.

    Giovanni Dannato

    August 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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