Food and Identity

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Jia Yin

Assignment two

3/16/2013

Jia Yin Lindsay Simpson English 105- Composition 1

Part 1 What to Eat Is there anything that makes us more squeamish than unusual foods? When we were children, dishes others families ate were “weird.” As our taste buds matured, we added more “gross” foods to our diets, but our culture tended to set the boundaries. Most Chinese find cheese repugnant, for example, and rare is the American who relishes the thought of devouring duck’s feet, a delicacy in China. The reason why people around the world treat food different is because we have different eating habits. We choose different food because different people have different characteristics. Simply saying, we are what we eat. “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.” This is a famous statement said by Brillat Savarin. Do you agree with it? I doubted it at the first time. I wondered that some people did not have a shopping list, ate different things every day at different restaurant, and when they were going to grocery store, they just pick food randomly. Can you still tell what they are according to what they eat? The answer to this question is yes. People choose things for a reason. If the person prefers to choose fancy cover things and do not care about the price, he/she is probably outgoing, was born in a wealthy family, and parties a lot. That’s how we could tell a person through what he/she eats every day.

Jia Yin

Assignment two

3/16/2013

I usually do not have time for breakfast, eat at dining center for lunch, and eat at Chinese restaurant for dinner for weekdays. At weekends, I sometimes will seek for delicious Chinese food driving to big cities like Minneapolis, Chicago and so on. Sometimes I will drive to HyVee, and the Asian Store near HyVee to buy some food and cook a meal just for myself. I have to admit that I am a lazy person for not eating breakfast, but I still not that lazy since I do things carefully and never intend to avoid any chaos. I do not think people could be described through several worlds. However, you apparently could know a person through what he eats every day. For me, I like homemade food, but I do not have time to make food by myself everyday so that I choose to eat out in weekdays. Since I have been dating with my current boyfriend, he told me that eating out is not that good than you think. While eating in restaurants is fast, the money you spend can add up. When I have dinner at a restaurant with a friend, the bill is usually over twenty dollars. I can buy a lot of groceries with that much money. Even lunch at a fast-food stand usually costs five or six dollars for one person. That’s enough to feed the whole family at home. Eating at home is better because meals at restaurants are often high in fat and calories, and they serve big plates of food-much more food-than you need to eat at one meal. If you cook food at home, you have more control over the ingredients. You can use margarine instead of butter on your potatoes, or not put so much cheese on top of your pizza. At home, you can control your portion size. You can serve yourself as little as you want. In a restaurant, you may eat a full plate of food "because you paid for it." It’s true that eating out is convenient. You don’t have to shop, or cook, or clean up. But real home cooking doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. There are lots of simple meals that don’t

Jia Yin

Assignment two

3/16/2013

take long to make. In fact, they’re faster than eating out, especially if you think of the time you spend driving to a restaurant, parking, waiting for a table, waiting for service, and driving home. He always encourages me to eat at home and cook for me, so that recently, I eat at home mostly. And then I found another problem about preparing food. Technology today has given us more choices. Today, we could buy frozen foods in walmart and just prepare it in a couple of minutes, whereas before it could have...
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