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Wow, that's great.  I was sorry to see the televisions next to the dining tables in the Italian and Japanese households, and wondered what other households did the same but with the TV not in the view of the photo.  I wonder if the book answers such questions as "does the family dine with the tv on?"

Okay, I have my excuse to throw frugality to the wind and buy the book; I must have an answer to my question!

I love how people seem to be rather happy in the photos.  The (Tingoans?) melted me.

This week I'm on the road in South Texas, petroleum lease research, and as usual, I'm cooking out of my hotel room.  I'll have lots of salads, soups made with veggies and vegetarian chicken broth powder, plenty of oatmeal with flax seeds, and lots of cherries, apples and canteloupe.  When I get back to Austin, I'll have Shepherd Pie made with Quorn Ground "meat", which I highly recommend to vegetarians, anything made by "Quorn."  Factor in coffee and tea and puh-lenty of red wine and you have my week.

Thanks ever so much for this diary.

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jun 12th, 2007 at 10:21:43 AM EST
Saw this while checking the price for What the World Eats:  
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594200823/ref=reg_hu-wl_list-recs/104-8497175-1738313

It's called The Omnivore's Dilemma, A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan, and it purportedly examines four kinds of meals, in terms of production, origin of ingredients, delivery miles, etc.  The four meals are a McDonald's meal, a Whole Foods meal, a meal from a sustainable farm and a meal foraged from the wild.  

Pollan concludes that if we are what we eat, Americans are CORN. (Chicken McNuggets have 38 ingredients - 38! - and 13 of them are corn.)

Great, another book I want.

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jun 12th, 2007 at 10:37:09 AM EST
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See?  It's really interesting what different people will notice.  I didn't even think about the televisions, although I keep my own TV relegated to a remote corner of the apartment where I have to go out of my way to watch it.

I did notice that most of the families don't have alcohol on display amid the groceries, or at least not much of it -- bottle of wine here or there.  The exception is the German family, which has four bottles of wine and 20 bottles of beer.  That family also has (I think) the highest weekly food expenditure.

(The Mexican family also had what might be beer bottles next to the sodas, but it's hard to tell for sure that's what they are.)

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Tue Jun 12th, 2007 at 10:50:43 AM EST
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