Editorial: Slow Food, Fast Food
You Are What You Eat — Eat Well, Live Longer
natural progression of mankind has been quite phenomenal.
On one hand we are eating more and more, and more of it is
bad stuff. On the other hand, we live longer. Can you imagine
if we only ate right? Would we live to be 130 years or more?
The Okinawans would not be the only human beings to live to
reach the century mark on a regular basis. One thing is for
sure, fast food has gotten faster and slow food, well, is
very slow. Nearly all of us would have to confess to the priests
of slow food for our convenient escapades to fast food shrines.
And, we cannot be sure that we'll be canonized into Saints
for the proper way of eating, but let's try to remember a
few cardinal rules.
French paradox is not a paradox. The problem is that even
the French are speeding up their food habits. Fast food chains
have become ubiquitous and even Paris
is getting its very first Starbucks. As simple as it sounds,
eating slowly is key to longevity. Eating right goes along
with that. We are not about to offer medical help here, but
the point is that you can still enjoy the good things in life
that are good for you from the table: red
oil, tea, watercress and dark chocolate to name a few substances that can act positively
on your system. So let's call ourselves the defenders of slow
food and join the namesake Slow
Food or organizations like The American Institute of Wine
& Food (AIWF) that promote, educate and propagate the right way to eat.
We must support the knights of slow food that preserve healthy
traditions, from heirloom
trees, forgotten grapes, and cheese
cultures and read books to keep us aware of what we ingurgitate.
Go to your local farmers
market and have a one-on-one with the grower: that is
slow food, too.
this issue of Tastes we present to you Laura Werlin's new book: The
All American Cheese and Wine Book, which is loaded
with good resources. This is a great way to start your quest.
we herald the continued love for the basic American staple,
meat and potatoes, with a series of Top
10 lists in major metropolitan areas for steakhouses,
as well as an extensive national
list, so that you may indulge.
to your local independent restaurant and inquire about the
products they use. Look for events on the topic of wine and food. Also, we invite you back to
our site to read interviews with small producers and discover
products that are good for you. Continue to take your vitamins
and keep exercising ... even a little goes a long way.
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