June 29, 2005
This article was crazy. The fact that there is really a market for the meat of these animals is off the wall. I could never see myself eating gorilla. The part where their naming the parts made me not want to eat the rest of the day. I guess it being a kind of medication makes it acceptable in that way. After reading this it makes me want to start eating better but I run and lift everyday. I eat fruits sometimes but I rather have candy that taste like fruit. My father suffers from high blood pressure but I am not worried because I’m always active.
June 24, 2005
Cogs in the great machine
Award-winning journalist Eric Schlosser is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. His first book, Fast Food Nation, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year (hardcover and paperback combined) and has appeared on the bestseller lists of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly, among others. Schlosser has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, FOX News, The O’Reilly Factor, and Extra!, and has been interviewed on NPR and for Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and the New York Times. He is currently at work on a book about the American prison system.
Some of the sources used in this chapter are the New York Tribune, The Jungle, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and ConAgra. These seem to be pretty credible sources especially the New York Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Even though he has enough background for us to trust him he till gives sources.
The details of this chapter of this chapter were right on point. It went down to the dirtiest details like how back in 1906 they gave cows steroids in there ear and gave them each about three thousand pounds of food just to gain four hundred pounds. Stats like there was enough waste in Weld County than Denver, Boston, Atlanta, and St. Louis put together.
June 23, 2005
In the piece, Food Porn talks about how the people have managed to make food as a type of porn. The reason they call it food porn is because like porn most people aren’t going to be able to achieve the type of dishes they in the food magazines. They also talk about how they sometimes put cooks living these great lifestyles but in reality only a hand full of chefs make the kind of money to do such things. It also talks about how the food section is full of stories about the “foodie” instead of the stories with real meaning to it. Another thing it speaks about is the money spend on advertising. Its about 10 to 12 million, I had to idea food was that big of a deal. Maybe it is where I am from.
June 22, 2005
In the piece “Why the Fries Taste Good,” they first talk about J.R Simplot who is the father of the French fries. He came for being a high school drop out at the age of fifteen and moving out on his own and making 30 cents an hour for being “shaker sorter.” In some ways, he reminds of me. An entrepreneur, I used to do the same kind of stuff just to get by. He is the poster boy of a self-made millionaire. It goes on how he grows as a businessperson and he becomes one of the big names in America without really being known if you know what I mean.
In class today, we read up on some of the organizations that are fighting against the war on hunger all over the world. The one I chosen to talk about in class was the ONE organization. This group is focused on getting congress to raise the U.S budget from .15 to percent (which the name probably comes from). To me this is a big jump but I think the people who run this organization know that and are really shooting at something like .3 or .4. Out of all the groups, this one has the most star power with celebrities like P.Diddy. Overall, I think it is the best group out, it maybe that it is the most attractive but they also do a good job of advertising.
June 21, 2005
For the readings on “My times at the Times,” “Getting the Goods,” and Jeremy lggers’ review from the Star-Tribune were not that interesting to me. The first one “My Times at the Times was about a person who loves hot doges and was a writer as a restaurant reviewer. It goes on to show how he got into the business and how he has a love for freshly made hotdogs. For the reading “Getting the Goods” it speaks about a untrained chief who works his way up not by going to school like anyone else but as a project and ends up being one of the best chiefs in the area.
June 17, 2005
“Ode to an Egg” : It seems as if Widgen is obsessed with eggs. To me, there is not anything all that special about eggs, however everything in Widgen’s article would disagree. She gives specific details about the different textures that eggs take on when cooked a certain way. She was extremely detailed in describing the eggs and talking about their importance.
Widgen even uses quotes from Shakespeare and Hemingway to attempt to illustrate the importance that eggs hold in society and in everyone’s lives, or what they should hold It also give a interesting look on how important the egg was, how we needed to treat them as if they were children. Widgen uses this quote to make his point on how eggs should be treated with care: “Eggs are very much like small boys. If you overheat them, or overbeat them, they will turn on you, and no amount of future love will right the wrong”(352).
“Let’s Be Frank”: Loh talks about all different kinds of food in her article. She seems to just love food in general. Loh talks about her poor diet of franks loaded with different types of condiments and chips. Loh discusses in her article that it is easy to eat snack foods, especially in the summer time. This is because most people are outside and they feel that by swimming or running and playing on the beach is a substitute for exercise and basically gives them permission to eat junk foods. This is especially true for Loh herself, she does not feel like exercising and staying in shape is worth the effort that it takes. So, for “Let’s Be Frank,” where the food is eaten does show some importance. The overall message of this article to me is let your self go and eat what you want without worrying about much fat is in it, here is an example: “If it doesn’t have at least 28 grams of fat in it, I’m not interested”(Loh, 357).
June 13, 2005
1.My favorite food is pizza, it is my favorite because I love cheese and making or ordering food is just so easy. My least favorite food is the soup my mother makes. Not that it taste that bad but its just the fact that I have been eating it for so long. At one point that was the only thing we eat, about three weeks. I still eat it just to make her happy but I hate it.
2.My favorite place to have dinner on a Friday night is with my teammates. The reason that would be my favorite place is because more than likely we(meaning the team) went through four days of hard work so just laying back with the guys eating pork chops is a great way to eat dinner on a Friday night.
3.For thanksgiving we usually have a turkey roasted whole. And everybody on our house has iced tea to wash it down with.
4.The most unusual thing I have eaten is curry chicken.
5.I am the type of cook that only cooks when there is no other way to eat. I think I am an ok cook most of the time I like what I cook. The most common dish for me is Raman noodles with lots of extra cheese.
6.The typical weeknight dinner for me would be either pizza or cheeseburgers. Most of the time I am by myself because I live by myself.
7.Growing up the only people in the house that cooked was me and my mother(most of the time my mother). I think its was so because my parents are old school and that’s the role they play I guess.
8. Most of my food from home comes from the local grocery store.