I like watching the Food Network. Mostly, I like watching competition, it’s just that now I like watching a competition that has to do with food. I like food in general and I really love cooking myself, although I don’t have the time to do as much I would like to do. I like watching Chopped and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and a lot of other shows (I don’t like watching some of the stuff Andrew Zimmerman eats). I love cooking above all and I like competition.
But, it amazes me how much food they waste. During the time leading up to Christmas the message from the network was child hunger. I am watching show after show of expensive food items being cooked for people, who are then judged about their technique and presentation and blah, blah, blah… I enjoy these shows but they just sound so pretentious and out of touch. This world, centered around a profession that generally works eighteen hour days, seven days a week, and really take some time before they get anywhere.
Isn’t that what television is about? Isn’t that what we have become as a country? One big colossal waste after another? Wasteful
government spending here, excessive college tuitions costs, entirely completely wasteful. I throw away far too much food and spend entirely too much money on food. Sometimes I feel guilty about how much I dump in the trash but it is not often enough. And I watch a television network that tells me that 20% of America’s children go hungry (which cannot be entirely true since I never see malnourished children even in the streets of Boston) while they throw away so much food.
I don’t know what to do with how I feel about all this. Right, now I feel like a hypocrite more than anything and someone who far too often takes for granted what this country has to offer.