Paradox of Appetite – JBF Conference

Posted by Carolyn on October 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm

My sincere apologies, as ever, for the echoing silence on the blog front…. I have averaged one post every nine months for the past two years, ’nuff said. I really must do better! In any case, I have been inspired to start again because I just spent a great couple of days at the James Beard Foundation Conference in NYC on the Paradox of Appetite. Many inspiring speakers, including Raj Patel, Marion Nestle, Phil Jones, Karen Washington. Many highlights, including:

Claude Fischler on the cultural context of appetite, comparing two descriptions of food culture from the 1930s and 50s: an American describing French, eating habits, and vice versa. The outcome? The Frenchman found the American habit of dining in long rows standing up at a counter utterly puzzling, ‘just as in a stable’, while the American found the French rigidity of always eating the same food at the same time equally perplexing; a lack of variety and adventure that ‘non-Frenchmen associate rather with a zoo’. Conclusion: people who don’t eat as we do, eat like animals.

More anon – but if you want to watch more now, the whole lot is available online here: “>JBF Conference.


One Response

  1. ebook Says:

    Just wish to say your article is as astounding.
    The clarity in your post is simply spectacular
    and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject.
    Well with your permission let me to grab your feed
    to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.