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From the New York Times:
“In the unconscious mind, food equals love because food is our deepest and earliest connection with our caretaker,” said Kathryn Zerbe, a psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders and food fixations at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. “So it makes sense that people would want to capture, collect, catalog, brag about and show off their food.” Photographing meals becomes pathological, however, if it interferes with careers or relationships or there’s anxiety associated with not doing it. Evidently aware of the trend, manufacturers like Nikon, Olympus, Sony and Fuji have within the last two years released cameras with special “food” or “cuisine” modes.
The expectation is that cafeterias, grill-buffets and buffets will grow by 2.2 percent in food and drink sales this year compared with 2009, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2010 Forecast. The primary demographic for this foodservice segment includes married couples, diners with children, those living in the South or West and low- to middle-income consumers. Restaurant cafeterias were more prevalent, especially in the South and Midwest, before the proliferation of fast food chains in the 1960s and ’70s. Now these operation types are more common in schools, hospitals and other institutional settings.
From the Associated Press:
Forget about bratwurst, currywurst and other kinds of sausages — doner kebab, or shawarma, has overtaken traditional German fast food as the country’s favorite snack on the go. First brought to Berlin by Turkish immigrants in the 1970s, the grilled meat snack that comes wrapped in a pita bread with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions and different dressings, is now being sold everywhere in Germany. Some 15,500 doner places in Germany sell about 400 tons of doner meat every day, according to ATDID, the Association of Turkish Doner Producers in Europe. A doner robot, an automatic doner cutting machine that was invented in Izmir, Turkey, was recently introduced at Germany’s first doner trade fair.
From “The Quotable Feast:”
“For the millions of us who live glued to computer keyboards at work and TV monitors at home, food may be more than entertainment. It may be the only sensual experience left.” – Barbara Ehrenreich
* A history of pie in Colorado: www.ediblecommunities.com/frontrange/winter-2010/rocky-mountain-pie.htm
* Listen to Radio Nibbles, John Lehndorff’s weekly food conversation and commentary program, at 8:25 a.m. Thursdays on KGNU – 885 FM, 1390 AM, and online at www.KGNU.org.