Friday, June 14, 2013

How a Culture Eats

Friday, June 14, 2013

"If a food is more than the sum of its nutrient and a diet is more than the sum of its foods, it follows that a food culture is more than the sum of its menus—it embraces as well as the set of manners, eating habits, and unspoken rules that together governs a people’s relationship to food and eating.  How a culture eats may have just as much of bearing on health as what a culture eats. The foodstuffs of another people are often easier to borrow than their food habits, it’s true, but to adopt some of these habits would do at least as much for our health and happiness as eaters."
 ~ Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, 2008

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