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The Sunday Salon #5

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I am very slow with completing books this semester, so I thought that it would be fun to have a progress report of my reading.  This is an online reading group where all the participants set aside time to read every Sunday and blog about the experience. 

This week, I continued reading the book that I started three weeks ago.  

Since I have a paper and an exam that I need to complete this week, I only read one essay in Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant.  The essay was entitled, "Instant Noodles" and was about a student from Thailand who came to the United States for study and found comfort in instant noodles.  One of my favorite passages was how the Thai government had donated noodles to Ethiopia to help feed the hungry.  (I believe this was when there was a severe hunger crisis in Ethiopia; I was in second/third grade) The Ethiopian government rejected the donation because the noodles had no nutritional value.   I thought this was incredible because I remembered in an Epidemiology class, a speaker telling us that there was a hurricane and the fritos company donated potato chips.  The speaker said that the people really needed rice and beans, but had to take the chip donations.  I wondered what made countries able to reject some donations and not others.  If I had to guess, I would say that chips may be worse for you than instant noodles.  Although, there is probably something that I am missing.

This essay highlighted another theme in the book which is how food can remind us of home.  I also appreciated (as a person who has been living away from the people I grew up with for quite some time) how even eating something familiar can remind you of the companionship that you miss. 

Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 1:38PM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments4 Comments

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Reader Comments (4)

It is so hard to read for fun when you have to study, I remember just wanting to not have to look at a book for a long time.

It looks like a great book, I hadn't heard of it. So it is full of essays? I really like stories like that that you can pick up and finish in a sitting sometimes. So far you like the book then?
April 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbethany
It is fully of essays about cooking for one and eating alone. I do like it very much! I am sad that I am almost finished. It has made me think more about what I eat and given me ideas for things to make :)
April 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I always thought that when I gave up work I would have more time to read. In my case no more marking of papers and exams. Somehow it hasn't worked out that way. I think you just have to be really strict and prioritise. Put reading time first!
April 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Darnton
I think that you are right Ann. I try to read some in the morning and before I go to bed. It does help me stay calm and be in a better mood.
April 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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