basically very boring
So the Meaning of Food listed to didactic a bit much for my comfort, but compared to anything you've seen on Food Network it is a work of genius. However: yes, Marcus Samuelsson is hot, but whoever thought his talents were best suited to narrating needs to lay off the weed.
Karp sighting: oddly truncated strawberry article.
I know I've made fun of Ruth Reichl in the past -- the memoirs are really just too embarassing, and I don't understand the appeal of the this "look at my elaborate disguise!" thing -- but I never said she wasn't smart about food. Anyway, this boring new Salon interview led to an interesting old Salon interview:
Well, I once started an article by saying, 'Food is basically a very boring subject.' There is nothing worse than being at a table full of people who want to do nothing but talk about their food. I mean, food is interesting for a million reasons, but as a topic of discussion, 'This has too much salt' is really boring. I don't want to be with people who are telling me about their great wine experiences. I have a lot of food-involved friends who wouldn't dream of sitting at a table and doing that. When I go out to dinner with Alice Waters, we don't sit there and talk about food. We talk about people and family, and what's going on in the world, politics. I want to eat food. I want to be around good food. I love farmers and cooks, and I love to be around them when they're working. But to just sit down at a table and analyze what's on the table seems to me a terrible perversion of what eating ought to be.
Words to live by. (But don't talk about politics at the dinner table).