A recent article by NYU Local backs up my busy bee life. A lot of students and general twenty-somethings are juggling multiple hobbies, classes, and jobs while running on a 7am – 9pm rat race schedule. Putting aside the horrifying physical and mental health implications, let’s skip forward to a small silver lining. Books.
Treadmill of Life
See, now that I’m running in the great treadmill of Life, I don’t have much of time for self-pleasure (get your mind out of the gutter). So I get my literary kick on subway rides and coffee lines. This isn’t enough time to burrow into a novel. Instead, I get lost far and away inside a travel anthology. Right now I’m reading a book aptly titled Food. The book is composed of a series of long-form travel essays based around meals.
What is Food? Why do People Like Food?
Food is one of many edible (*sigh* not really) books I’ve fallen in love with. Eating is one of the few pervasive art forms we’re exposed to in daily life. I cringe when I hear of products that try to cram all your nutrients into one goopy blend that you drink three times a day. I don’t think science has figured out exactly what we need to be healthy, and I won’t be offering up my time and delicious meal opportunities to find out.
The Beauty of Food
The beauty of food work is that it’s never simply about what dishes taste like. It’s the sheen of an eggplant’s tight purple skin or the smell of bananas going ripe. The history of latkes and the wrinkled hands that press the potato shavings into a tight ball. A woman’s path of discovery, failure, and triumph in the cliché but moving books about discovering a new perspective through a certain style of foods. Food is about how the senses and relationship between a human and a delicately roasted object can be so telling about who that person is.
From Lecture to Meeting with Coffee
When you’re running from lecture to meeting, oftentimes the only food you consume all day is a bag of roasted pistachios and two cups of coffee (true story). Reading food pieces reminds me that sometimes you have to sit, settle, and enjoy what’s in front of you. Preferably a steak.