"…because the stories that are served with food matter."

Besides food, I love books.  Needless to say, I love books about food.  Books are probably the first things that I fell in love with growing up.  And through my love of books, I developed a love of certain authors.  After reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated, I decided I would read every book he came out with from then on.  And so I went on to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and now I can’t wait to read his next book, Eating Animals, which is due out in November.  I don’t think it’s a novel though.  I suspect it will be a collection of essays because I just read this article, called Against Meat, which was adapted from the upcoming book.  In it, he talks about his struggles with vegetarianism through the years from early adolescence into adulthood.  It’s about much more than that though, it’s also about the stories we tell through our food or with our food.  It’s very interesting, and for me to summarize it in further detail in here would not do it justice.  His writing style is somewhat poetic, flows easily and is full of meaning.  I just love it, which is what compelled me to read all five pages of the article when I normally have no patience for reading articles online beyond the first two or three paragraphs.  I love this quote from the article — “Feeding my children is not like feeding myself: it matters more. It matters because food matters (their physical health matters, the pleasure they take in eating matters), and because the stories that are served with food matter.”

I still haven’t finished Julie & Julia, mainly because I’m starting to find her annoying.  I must finish though.  I’ve got less than a hundred pages to go…

By the way, October is apparently National Cookie Month, among other things.

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One thought on “"…because the stories that are served with food matter."

  1. JSF is coming to Philly in November, and I just got a preview copy of that book in the mail. I'm excited to read it. Bailed on Julie and Julia on page 60, though. She IS annoying, and is incidentally coming out with another book in December. About meat. No, seriously.
    –Jenn (of the cheekybaby Jenns)

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