underground comic book "ZAP #3" there was a strip by
Robert Crumb entitled "Let's Eat!" It depicted a group
of people around a table, engaged in, well... eating. For six
panels they are passing food back and forth and saying "Nummy,
nums!", "Slurp, chomp, smack!", "Mmm, this's
good!", and "Some mighty good eatin'!" It concludes
with them beaming at the reader, as one character declares "Let's
eat again real soon!" and another responds "Crazy,
Pops!" It's pretty crude art and even cruder English. However,
for capturing the sheer joy of consumption, it is unsurpassed
in its ability to crystallize that moment when all pretense is
dropped and one surrenders to one's appetite.
This cartoon embraces my basic philosophy
of dining-- my preference for decent table manners notwithstanding.
Eating, and eating well--to paraphrase Woody Allen-- is about
the most fun you can have, fully dressed. Dining can be anything
from tedium to bliss, but sharing a good meal with friends can
be one of life's most rewarding experiences.
These pages are a reflection of my lifelong
devotion to satisfying my appetite, some assorted encounters
with good and bad meals through the years, and a platform for
my unapologetically refined and snobbish tastes in food. I hope
you'll find something to amuse you, to stimulate your imagination,
or at the very least some food for thought.
They're also awaiting your contributions.
The Dining Disasters and Dining Delights pages need your stories.
Please contact me via the e-mail links on each page to have your
tales of woe or wonder be considered for inclusion here. All
due care will be taken with your submissions. Welcome! Pull up
a chair, grab a fork and LET'S EAT!
THESE IMPORTANT FOOD FACTS:
Number One Cure for hunger!
the "in" thing in your mouth every season!
some and you, too, will say: "Food is good!"
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(Thanks, Pete the
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