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Feb 10, 2011 04:55 AM

Atlantic Monthly: Someody has food issues

This guy was on Morning Joe February 9. Somebody had some food issues. Feel free to respond to the stupid magazine.

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  1. With the possible exception of Bourdain--who can sniff BS upwind for miles--none of the food fetishists Myers skewers in the article really get it. The enormity of this problem and its aftershocks strike me as way more important:

    1. I read it really fast, probably too fast. The man comes off as a puritan, but he does have a point. Whether you like it or not, we live in Rome.

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      1. re: SnackHappy

        B. R. Myers is a puritanical vegan and animal-rights activist, and that's really his only point. He tries to disguise it as an attack on gluttony, food-writing puffery, and so on, but that's like libertarians writing ballot arguments against school bonds.

        "Foodies are an elitist, gluttonous, vocal minority who feign concern for animals while fetishizing their consumption. Oh, and foodie views are so monolithic that one clearheaded writer can neatly swat them all down in a single essay."—Monica Eng

      2. He's right about the Severson book. The most self-congratulatory and tedious book on food I picked up last year. Could not choke it down. Otherwise...calm down, mister.

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        1. re: buttertart

          i'm so glad i saw this, BT! i've had the Severson book on my Amazon wish list but never pulled the trigger - i may just delete it now :)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I hated it. One of the very few food-oriented (sort of, it's a recovery memoir as well) books I've ever not finished reading.

            1. re: buttertart

              yikes. ok, definitely removing it now. thanks!

              1. re: buttertart

                I hated it too, and I was a fan before. She doesn't actually seem to like the women she claims are her mentors. It gave me an icky feeling.

          2. I honestly loved the article and thought he completely nailed it. The line between appreciating food and fetishizing it has gotten very hard to see.

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            1. Myers needs to relax. Every time there is a pleasure in life, some Puritan wants to make you feel guilty about it.