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Re: Slow Food

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Slow Food
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 23:04:19 EST


The slow food movement started as a reaction by Europeans to the cultural 
imperialism of the"fast food" phenomenon and the debasement of taste that 
comes from McDonaldization.  It has been embraced by traditional European 
restaurateurs as a way of preserving the three hour lunch, hence the US 
movement's becoming ensconced in the digs of M. Pepin's "French Culinary 
Institute" in the Soho section of Manhattan. 

If people learn to cook and enjoy a proper potato gratinee, or lyonaise, or a 
boulliabaise that takes hours to cook, then they will be less apt to gulp 
down Big Macs.  

There is a class issue here, unfortunately - there is nobody at home in two 
minimum wage homes to cook "slow food."  Quick or fast food, a product going 
back to shift workers during the Industrial Revolution, will always be here 
for folks who need fast fueling between subsistence jobs (think toast, bacon, 
tea and sugar instead of slow simmered porridges and stews.)  Mickey Dees is 
just the latest incarnation.

Groups like Slow Food are trying to bring back the long dinner, free of 
television, that used to be the center of the lives of many people.  This is 
hard to do , especially when there are two breadwinners, kids who need help 
with homework and not enough hours in the day to do everything.  To depend on 
women to make this happen is not fair, but like most social change, will 
require the active acquenesence and participation of women. 

I personally love cooking for a long dinner party, but I need folks around 
who have conversation, know what the hell they're eating, and have the grace 
to bring a decent bottle of wine to table.   Who knows, maybe folks will 
start dressing for dinner. 

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