We’re avid readers of Anthony Bourdain’s books. Two of them have impacted our family somewhat dramatically. The first was Kitchen Confidential. Aside from being just a great read, it was also the third book our then-early-adolescent son read. He read it cover to cover, but it was at the third chapter that he came running to announce that he wanted to be a chef. Why? He pointed to the title of Chapter 3: “Food is Sex”. That did it. A couple culinary degrees under his belt, he’s now in charge of the mignardises in a restaurant in New York.
But the book that continues to inspire me is A Cook’s Tour, and specifically the chapter, “Where Food Comes From“. Read it, and you’ll understand why he says that where our food comes from is not always pretty. But it’s the larger concept behind that chapter that makes me think a lot and sometimes do strange things.
Strange thing #1: I make coffee in a 70-year-old vacuum coffee pot.
Continue reading Where food comes from
I watched a pretty shocking “20/20” segment this evening. It showed the results of an error made by a teenage “pharmacy assistant” in a Walgreens in Florida. A mother of three was given ten times the amount of medication she should have had which resulted in a stroke and and end to her chemotherapy. She died before she could testify. According to the ABC article, “As big chain drug stores have rapidly expanded, thousands of pharmacy technicians have been hired…. In a majority of states all that is required is that the student be actively working for a GED or high school diploma.” You can watch the video here. And take a look at this article: U.S. Pharmacy Errors: Unreported Epidemic?
I’ll take my local businesses over the big chains any day. Too bad there are so few local pharmacies left! Local businesses know they have to earn your patronage every day. And that means having trained, experienced people handing you your new blow torch (True Value Hardware), your freshly repaired car (Fehlman Brothers) and even your cup of coffee (Cafe Kubal and Laci’s Cafe at the Palace). Think globally, shop locally. It’s good for the environment and, goodness knows, it’s probably good for you, too!