To Build a Fire
The New York Times ran a feature on high-end grills last Sunday. The writer interviewed a 34-year-old Dallas attorney who owns an $1,800 Weber, and the fellow said to the reporter, "Grilling has become my creative outlet."
That comment reminded me of an article from earlier this month about cookbook author Phyllis Pellman Good, in which the Times quoted Cook's Illustrated founding editor Christopher Kimball:
"I think the food media has been responsible for creating this whole world of faux food, and this is a media largely consumed by people who eat out six times a week," he added. "We are not all served by thinking of food as a special-occasion product."No, indeed we're not — and I think the New York Times just used a 34-year-old Dallas attorney to make Kimball's point.