Thursday, June 10, 2010

How to eat

I noticed these directions, in big bold letters, on a huge bag of frozen peas I got from the supermarket:

Why is it necessary to be told this?

Maybe the people who wrote that message had been watching Andre talk to Wally in My Dinner With Andre:
Roc used to practice certain exercises, like for instance, if he were right-handed, all today he would do everything with his left hand, all day, eating, writing, everything: opening doors, in order to break the habits of living. Because the great danger he felt for him was to fall into a trance, out of habit. He had a whole series of very simple exercises that he had invented, just to keep seeing, feeling, remembering. Because you have to learn now. It didn't use to be necessary, but today you have to learn something like: are you really hungry, or are you just stuffing your face because because that's what you do, out of habit? I mean, you can afford to do it, so you do it, whether you're hungry or not.
(Transcript from here.)

By the way, in addition to being extremely useful for cooking (throw some into a dish at literally the last minute), frozen peas make a surprisingly good snack eaten straight out of the freezer.


Jason (the commenter) said...

What an interesting sentence.

There's probably someone sitting in cubicle somewhere, writing subversive statements on all our frozen vegetables, mocking us with his "helpful" instructions.

Jason (the commenter) said...

"Daddy I hate brocolli, it makes me question my place in a consumer society too much."

former law student said...

Serving size: one bag? Some companies make it easier for people to understand that they don't have to eat it all at once by using bags with a ziplock feature. (Here, we use a twist-tie on frozen food bags without that feature.)

But some people do need to be told: A dozen years or so ago, some co-workers told me they didn't get the Sunday newspaper because "it was too much to read." They didn't realize they had the ability to READ ONLY AS MUCH AS DESIRED.

No, for them, I suppose, once you bought the paper you had to start with the front page and plow through Blondie, Dear Abby, right through to the horoscope, not skipping over even the agate type of the golf tournament placings.