A fascinating op-ed by the very estimable Frank Bruni in yesterday’s NYT: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/index.html?scp=9&sq=frank%20bruni&st=cse.
Mr. Bruni exposes the shenanigans, falsehoods, and pure silliness behind the scenes and in the front of the house when it comes to food. Using Paula Deen’s belated admission of a diagnosis of diabetes, which was apparently told to her three years ago, Mr. Bruni goes on to fault food writers and chefs for promoting food that is high in sodium, fat, and calories.
It is so true. The fast food folks get pilloried for their food, but any restaurant dining and so many cookbook recipes promote food that is simply unhealthy for you.
I’ve been writing about this for years. Restaurants should be a treat and not a form of regular entertainment. Salt, butter, cream, and routine use of animal fats at home create unnecessary risks. The way I think of it: Writing about the pleasures of food without noting the risks is like having sex without a condom. Well, not really, but you get the point.
Mr. Bruni notes that many chefs work out regularly, but that will have insufficient impact on the effects of sodium. I’ll tell you this: One famous chef, who will go unnamed, told me that he does not eat the food he serves in his restaurant. (He tastes it.) Why not? Unhealthy. What does that tell you? He is not alone.
I say: Cook at home, enjoy what you eat, and deal with life rather than its distractions.