i am awake at 4:30…again.  It’s been happening more and more lately.  I decided to go home after work tonight when i was surprisingly wrapped around 9pm…which is unheard of on a Friday.  We usually work until at least midnight and then have beers on the lot.  I have been doing alot of reading on set, which is sort of the nature of being a stand in.  I must tell you about this book i recently read.  It is called “In defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto.”  The title alone should draw you to it if you love food even a fraction of how much i do, but there is so much more to this book.  The bottom line is this.  Our relationship, as Americans, to food is horrible.  In a study done between French and Americans, people were shown a picture of chocolate cake and asked to say the first word that comes to mind.  The French, overwhlemingly, said “celebration.”  Do you know what the Americans said?…..”GUILT.”

We have been so confused by the government and advertising and left it up to scientists to tell us how, when, why, and what we should eat we have forgotten the many pleasures of sitting down and enjoying our food.  “Western Diseases” are on the rise…that’s what they are called in the book because no other country stuggles with heart disease, high blood pressure,diabetes, and heart attacks like we do; and small farms are slowly but surely being replaced with environment destroying factory farms. 

If you want to live a happy and healthy life, and enjoy the many things involved in and that result from peparing a meal and sitting down with friends over a table of real food and good wine, please read this book.  It will change your perspective and challenge you to take back REAL food over the many “food products” we have available to us as Americans.

I am now reading “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and i have ordered “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” “The Great Gatspy, and Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.”  I’ll keep you updated on how they are.


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