Food is on my mind today.
I got to hear an interview this morning with Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmaker behind the new movie Super Size Me. The premise of the film is that Mr. Spurlock would evaluate the claims by the McDonald's Corporation that their food is healthy and nutritious by eating McDonald's food and ONLY McDonald's food for 30 days. Mr. Spurlock sounded like a rather humorous and upbeat individual, but, the effects of eating only fast food for 30 days on his body was rather appalling: he gained 24 lbs, his cholesterol shot up 65 points, and his doctors begged him to stop because his liver was turning into a ball of fat similar to a goose or duck being fattened up for foie gras. He also reported that he often felt hungry within 2-3 hours of eating a McDonald's meal, which is something he hasn't experienced when eating his regular diet, before or since.
Based on the interview, I think I'll have to check this movie out... and thank my mother for her insistence during my childhood that we NOT eat fast food all that often.
I recently learned that an old friend, D., will be giving up her career as an administrative clerk/wage slave to attend the California Culinary Academy starting this fall to take their Cordon Bleu Hospitality & Restaurant Management Program. D. has been a serious foodie and wine fiend for a long time now, and I think moving to a good career in the food service industry is going to be a very good step for her.
I hope she does very well.
On another level though, color me jealous all over. D. is going to be acquiring all sorts of formal cooking and wine tasting skills. I find myself wishing for some of those. I consider myself an interested amateur when it comes to food and wine, and that's fine. Based all my prior education though, I understand the value of some formal training. I keep thinking that taking some cooking classes would be fun... it's just that good ones are just so damn expensive. What with all the other expenses I've got coming up this year (e.g. I'm in the process of booking our honeymoon), I don't have $300 to shell out for a cooking class.
Oh well. Hopefully, D. can be persuaded to give up some of her hard won secrets when we get the chance to hang out together again.
on 2004-04-23 at 2:12 p.m.
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