What’s wrong with the way we eat, according to Jim Gaffigan.

I happened to catch a segment of the public radio show Here & Now yesterday afternoon. The guest was comedian Jim Gaffigan, who has a new book out, called Food: A Love Story. Food is a common topic in his comedy.

Anyway, in the discussion, he made a joke that I think perfectly describes what is wrong with the way we think about food. I’m paraphrasing a bit, but basically he says:

Artists have long painted bowls of fruit because no one will touch the fruit. There are no famous paintings of donuts because someone will eat them before the painting is complete.

That’s funny, at least partly because it is true. And that’s the problem.

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