Possibly one of the best, sharpest, most intellectual slap-in-the-face rants I’ve ever read comes from the vinegar laced mouth of the singular bully-on-the-block Anthony Bourdain. One would be hard-pressed to disagree with most of his seemingly curmudgeonly and cantankerous remarks as his arguments are so well formed, it puts Executive ADA Jack McCoy to shame:
I’ll tell you. Alice Waters annoys the living shit out of me. We’re all in the middle of a recession, like we’re all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There’s something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic.
I mean I’m not crazy about our obsession with corn or ethanol and all that, but I’m a little uncomfortable with legislating good eating habits. I’m suspicious of orthodoxy, the kind of orthodoxy when it comes to what you put in your mouth. I’m a little reluctant to admit that maybe Americans are too stupid to figure out that the food we’re eating is killing us. But I don’t know if it’s time to send out special squads to close all the McDonald’s.
My libertarian side is at odds with my revulsion at what we as a country have done to ourselves physically with what we’ve chosen to eat and our fast food culture. I’m really divided on that issue.
It’d be great if he [Obama] served better food at the White House than what I suspect the Bushies were serving. It’s gotta be better than Nixon. He liked starting up a roaring fire, turning up the air conditioning, and eating a bowl of cottage cheese with ketchup. Anything above that is a good thing.
I tell ya, I still want to dine at Chez Panisse.Khmer Rouge or not.