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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