Eating Jonathan Safran Foer


I haven’t read the book yet. I’m actually scared to.

I emailed with my friend Tim yesterday and I told him about my latest purchase and what I did on Tuesday night. Liza (of ES) and I saw Jonathan Safran Foer speak about his new book, Eating Animals.  As I wrote to Tim, I’m afraid that after I read it my pending vegetarianism will be cemented. Or I will only eat properly raised animals. Ugh. I just don’t know.

I’ve been on a mostly vegetable diet  for the past year and a half. There are a ton of reasons for the slow conversion, but reading Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, his New York Times Magazine pieces) has been undeniably influential. And of course my ritualistic dedication of eating what the farmers are selling at my local market has enthusiastically showed me how to eat produce with the seasons.

Andrew Sullivan, of Subway fame, introduced Foer at the 6th and I Historic Synagogue in DC. I had no idea that the already segmented gay Republican is also a vegetarian. He started with a story of his own book tour in Scotland. He’d been hammered with questions regarding his sexual orientation and was then innocently asked, “Do you eat meat?” With laughter from the audience, Sullivan joked with us that there were several possible answers to that question. He replied, however, that “No, never. It’s the only thing I can truly justify.”

And then Foer came on and pisted me off.

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A Celebrity Only DC Could Love


I don’t know about you, but I won’t be cooking much this week.  DAD GANSIE sent me back with a shit ton of left overs: pureed squash with sage and goat cheese (that was stuffed into phyllo dough triangles), mashed potatoes, stuffing, Thai curry sweet potato soup (pureed sweet potatoes with turkey stock, lime juice and Thai curry paste), pumpkin pie, chocolate moose and a slice of pizza (of course we ordered in on Sunday night after days and days of cooking and rewarming of old food.)

Anyway, these are photos I snapped of “DC celebrity” Ezra Klein of the Washington Post and the The Internet Food Association. He moderated a discussion with David Sax, author of “Save the Deli.”

Maids and I attended the event at the 6th and I Historic Synagogue last month (and am also thinking about going to this week’s food event). Anyway, we were gonna post this great blog about Jewish delis and Maids was going to position it through a Sephardic lens (re: falafel and hummus and general vegetarianism), but, um, yea, all we got around to was showing Mr. Klein stuffing his face with a black and white cookie.

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