We recently had the opportunity to meet Michael Pollan, the author of must read books The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. He mentioned that he is compiling a catalog of ‘food wisdom’s’ from various traditions. I said I’d try to spread the word, collect the responses and send back to him.
So do you think you could help out? Do you have any sayings/wisdom/aphorisms regarding food that you remember you mother, grandmother, elders etc say? It doesn’t have to be from ancient times, or be profound, it just needs to be some wisdom that has to do with food.
For example, one he mentioned that was both relatively recent and straightforward was a grandmother used to say ‘the whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead’. Highlighting the low nutritional value of white bread from refined flours!
It’d be great if we could put together some thought into this and submit something from whatever tradition you may have access to African American, Kashmiri, Arab, Afghan etc., so help out and send us over what you got. Perhaps you can ask some elders to find out if they have anything that comes to mind, it could be an interesting exercise!
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