A Note from the Chef
There’s a quote by Anatole France, the prolific French writer of the 19th and 20th century that I haven’t been able to find since I first quoted him in the mid 1980’s. I was working in fashion then and in this quote, France referred to fashion in surprisingly profound terms rather than the accustomed frivolity of his contemporaries – but then again he was constantly bucking the system.
But what – I dare say, does fashion have to do with food – other than I worked in both industries? In a moment…but first, since I still haven’t found this quote (and I searched again last night) I’ll have to paraphrase.
If I could chose a book that would show me what life is like 100 years after my death, would I chose a work on history? No, it would be the same story – nor would it be a work of literature or science. Instead I would choice a women’s fashion magazine, because how they dress would tell me more about humanity than all of the books on history, literature or science combined.
I’ve probably butchered this and if any one of you knows the actual, please let me know. At the time, this quote so struck me that when I made a slide show for my budding fashion consulting business, I led with it. I bring it up again, in my work (calling is more accurate) as a chef and writer, because I think food is like that too – a reflection of our humanity.
I’m sure if Anatole France were to comment on the state of our food 89 years after his death, he’d have something pretty colorful to say. He wasn’t exactly known for his restraint. I wonder if 11 years from now – when it’s actually 100 years after his death – he might see something different? One can hope, can’t she?
Of course, this is a huge topic and one that I can only cover in snippets here and there, but if I were to paraphrase Anatole France again but switch fashion for food, I might say something like this.
If I wanted to know about the health of the world 100 years after my death, I would study how and what people ate. What they ate would tell me if they cherished and took care of their bodies, and how they ate would tell me whether or not they nurtured their spirit.
Until next week,
But before you go, let me ask you this…
What would you chose to see, read, listen to of the world 100 years from now?
Let me know in the comments below.
…or just leave me a sweet comment.