After reading French Women Don't Get Fat years ago, my perspective and philosophy on eating changed quite a bit. Though I'd somehow begun life with major pet peeves surrounding eating habits, the book pushed me even further into my culinary snobbery.
My poor husband first learned of my annoyances early in marriage when one day I stopped in the middle of a meal, put my fork down, and said, "Jay, I love you. But I'm going to stop loving you if you continue to eat with your mouth open." He laughed, but got the point...because I was dead serious. And thankfully he's been conscientious ever since.
Over the years, I've tried to not pay attention to how people eat because sometimes it makes me so angry or annoyed that I can't enjoy my own meal. And while I don't want to bash American culture, it does seem that the whole rush, rush, rush philosophy has filtered down even into our eating habits. Sometimes it amazes me how quickly people will finish their meal. Do they have serious indigestion? Did they even taste what they were eating?
But when it comes to treats, indulgences...for me sweets...scarfing is absolutely unbearable and intolerable! It can take me 30 full wonderful minutes to eat a small bowl of ice cream, savoring each and every creamy bite, while my husband is noisily scraping the bottom of his dish within minutes. What's the point of scarfing, I ask? If I'm going to spend precious calories and fat grams on something, I'm going to enjoy it for all its worth!
And eating a cookie over the sink??? Or stuffing a whole truffle in your mouth? Oh, PLEASE stop the madness! I can't bear to watch Jay scarf down a cookie or a truffle over the sink with delicious crumbs gliding into oblivion. He doesn't even taste it...it's just something to do.
No, no, no! For me to eat a cookie, I must be sitting. It must be on something...if not a plate, then at least a napkin so I can enjoy every last crumb. I want to be relaxed and completely at ease so I can totally focus on what I'm doing. Otherwise what's the point? Eating my ice cream with uncomfortable clothes or shoes on? Absolutely not! Every precaution and effort must be taken to ensure the ultimate experience...to savor the moment completely.
And so I ask...are you a savorer or a scarfer? Think about it.