Sunday, May 11, 2008
Interview with authors about Chad (Sudanese Refugees) HERE
I know, I've talked about this book already, but I came across an interview with the authors on NPR, and I thought I'd bring it up again. This is a book that I cannot stop thinking about, and I love to look at it, even if it does tear me up inside. I would NEVER want to be pictured with a week's worth of our food. When I did a semester long research project in high school on eating disorders, I came across one researcher who believed that eating disorders were caused by extreme desire to show empathy for world hunger (and conversely, a disgust for American appetites). I considered it to be a total crock, at the time, but after reading this book I definitely could see how that might happen. I would love to look more like the Guatemalan picture, which shows more emphasis on vegetables. I remember that the book shows a more rural Chinese family with a similarly wide array of vegetables, and a lot of variety in their cooking techniques. That's something I find most interesting. Countries with fresh markets buy food every day, using their daily stock constantly, and still maintain a huge variety in food preparation. Here, the farmer's market closest to me is only once a week, and if I want Zucchini from one particular Chinese lady I am going to pay and arm and a leg to get it. Otherwise, my only choices are tomatoes, some greens (cilantro and lettuce, usually), eggplant, turmeric, garlic, ginger, and fruits. It's hard to get more than that. I was very happy when I picked up a bag of Lychees, and he informed me that there would be mountain apples next week. But anyway, I still end up going to Foodland or Costco for most things, which means, inevitably, that some of it will go bad before I use it. It's depressing. Plus I spend WAY too much money on food. When I look at these pictures, I want to send all of my money to Chad. But I don't, because I'm afraid it won't get there.
Today I'm making eggplant parmagiana and pasta. I had to buy the eggplant from Foodland this time, though, but at least the tomatoes and parsley are from the market. Everything else is costco. Argh.
Scribbled by Mariko at 12:45 PM