Posted in Books, Food, Uncategorized

There’s No Place Like Home


Carpe diem, forget that, what’s Latin for chocolate? Carpe chocolate?
Food is a consuming force, we need it to survive, but that doesn’t explain our passionate and sometimes bad romance with it. The complicated relationship we have with food gets more thorny each day…thinking about food, taking pictures of food, posting pictures of food – we’re foodies addicted to food porn; restaurants outnumber churches, hospitals, schools, libraries, bookstores, and gyms all combined…we talk about food and use food language constantly.

The Dirty Dozen:
1food41. Couch Potato, I’m sure they prefer Sofa Spud.
2. Spill the beans, bean counter, full of beans, Beans beans the musical fruit the more you eat the more you…
3. Bring home the bacon…mmmmm, bacon.
4.One tough cookie, wait, who likes tough cookies?
5. A piece of cake, icing on the cake, ok, now I just want cake.
6. Buy a lemon, If life gives you lemons make lemonade – what’s wrong with lemons?
7. The Big Cheese, cream of the crop, cheesy, no use crying over spilled milk, butter someone up, bread and butter – dairy should have its own section.
8. Good egg, Bad egg, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, I don’t know egg-actly what they’re trying to say, but I want an omelette.
9. Nutty as a fruitcake, wait, isn’t it made of fruit? You can tell how much I eat fruitcake.
10. Easy as pie, maybe to eat, but not so much to bake.
11. Cool as a cucumber, why not, cool as a watermelon?
12. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, especially important when they used leeches.

Is food better for us made at home? Depends how you make it.
Does food taste better at home? Depends who makes it.
Is food cheaper to make at home? Depends, sometimes yes and sometimes no.1food1

In this lovely and mouth-watering, yum-now-I-want-to-cook book, Better Made at Home by renowned food goddess Estérelle Payany (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers) we’re given over 75 healthier, sometimes more affordable options to traditionally store-brought foods, including: ketchup, marshmallows, nutella, yogurt, pizza, potato chips, chocolate milk powder, tortilla chips, etc. Recipes, suggestions, vintage illustrations, and photos combine to remind us once again that new, convenient, and fast doesn’t necessarily mean better.

Hmmm, I’m guessing people without food are even more obsessed with it than we are.