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my kindle read notes BMI 27 BMI 22 Quite literally and metaphorically, food of thought. I have to admit that it was a brilliant idea to use food as a means to explore many philosophical issues Can cooking be considered an art lends itself to broader questions of aesthetics and what exactly is art being just one example Eating and pleasure nicely dovetails into utilitarianism and whether food is indeed a lower pleasure by Mill s definition Baggini writes with clarity and manages the difficult task of simplifying complex ideas without distorting them admirably for the most part There is some repetition and it s clear that he has a very particular point of view which he isn t shy in repeating about what it means to be virtuous and the importance of leading a considered life , but while the prose is hardly elegant it is well tailored to the lay audience Overall a good broad look at a whole range of ideas not just food related but general philosophical concepts as well but very much for the lay person. It s a 3.5 for meThere are some pretty good lessons in here and good points to consider like his chapters on vegetarianism veganism but hmm I don t know, I feel like most of the points are not too difficult to forget Maybe because food is not my favorite reading subject or I m just not too concerned about it Anyway, at the end of every part he shares simple recipes that I think are quite friendly no strict measurements and ingredients which is attractive I imagine especially to people not too adept in the kitchen He had been enthusiastic about sharing the principles of a recipe rather than the rigidity of a step by step Very cool of him I think. There are some very encouraging chapters where I read everything with great interest, but after a while it started to really get on my nerves Disclaimer i m not a philosophy lover but I don t completely reject every heavyweight principle ever said by well known academics That said, Julian s opinion on some pieces like eating meat with compassion did not go well with mine The later the chapters, themeta they got and the less about food I would not recommend buying this even if you re into this kind of stuff but I ve read some interesting points so I wouldn t completely condemn it. Do we Eat to Live, or Live to Eat a quote attributed variously, it seems, to Benjamin Franklin, Cicero, Socrates or Moliere Considering the centuries that have elapsed since Socrates was philosophising around 300 400BC, it is intriguing that we still spend a lot of thought and energy on analysing the human experience with food You see, for us humans, eating is not simply about feeding life giving, sustenance, nutrition, energy and survival Sure this is part of the package, but what sets us apart from the animal world is that we enjoy our food, we take pleasure in what we choose to eat, we savour taste, texture, smell Unlike any other creature, we cook food, we transform it from a base state into something else, combining it in various ways with other base ingredients to produce an almost infinite variety of eating experiences You would have to live under a rock to not have some awareness of many modern food related issues that blight our newspapers, magazines, television and saturate our social media networks It can be intensely overwhelming, especially when you are being made to question daily the food choices that you make organic food sources, GM, Fair Trade, the ethics or morality behind eating animals, obesity, fasting, food as a social lubricant, food as art So, someone like Julian Baggini, who is a philosopher and writes about issues in such a way as to appeal to a very general audience, is well placed to dissect the thinking behind how we eat, why we eat, and our own peculiar relationship that each of us has with food He wants us to look critically at how we eat, where our food comes from, to question, but to not necessarily feel guilty or judged for coming to a decision that may not be the mainstream or the mantra of the moment If we consider carefully and thoughtfully what we are eating, how it gets to our table, and how we taste and enjoy what we eat, then we are actually doing ok At times the author is a bit of a pointy head, wearing his academic philosophy hat a little to tightly, but he quickly brings his theories back to the reality of our daily dining experiences I particularly enjoyed his chapter on food as art, or food vs art as you will He writes about restaurants such as Noma and El Bulli which take dining to a whole new level, fast food chains such as MacDonalds winning awards for its of sourcing of non battery farmed eggs, the significance of saying a grace before starting to eat, sharing food with strangers, foods that are protected by the protected designation of origin established by the EU, is there such a thing as locally sourced fruit and vegetables for example tomatoes in winter And so on Despite at times his logic and rationales making me a little cross eyed, this book really has made me think about how we eat, appreciate the food around us and what we do with it And if you wantof Julian Baggini, he has written at least 17 other books, pontificating important subjects, and has also given a TED talk about is there really a real you Watching this TED talk will give you an idea of how he writes, because reading him is exactly like listening to him entertaining, wide ranging, moving backwards and forwards within the topic, and quite compelling. I disliked this book at first and found its didactic tone ironic since its earliest injunction is to question labels and think for yourself about food I yearned for the intelligent, questioning tone Hattie Ellis manages in What to Eat However, the book grew on me and by the time he describes his short tempered two fingered salute spurred by dieting, I was won over It is a very intelligent and thought provoking book and, like Ellis s, has encouraged me to questionand to continue to think about food and eating. &FREE ☠ The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Drink ✒ How We Eat, Farm And Shop For Food Is Not Only A Matter Of Taste Our Choices Regarding What We Eat Involve Every Essential Aspect Of Our Human Nature The Animal, The Sensuous, The Social, The Cultural, The Creative, The Emotional And The Intellectual Thinking Seriously About Food Requires Us To Consider Our Relationship To Nature, To Our Fellow Animals, To Each Other And To Ourselves So Can Thinking About Food Teach Us About Being Virtuous, And Can What We Eat Help Us To Decide How To Live From The Author Of The Ego Trick And The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten Comes A Thought Provoking Exploration Of Our Values And Vices What Can Fasting Teach Us About Autonomy Should We, Like Kant, Dare To Know Cheese Should We Take Media Advice On Salt With A Pinch Of Salt And Can Food Be Virtuous, Inherently Good, Than Art I ve pretty much always worked in the food industry in different roles and food has always been a hobby and obsession for me as well as my career It is rare for me to find a book about food which challenges my ideas and experiences and whilst I don t always find myself agreeing completely with Baggini, his different essays on varying gastronomic topics set me thinking and questioning long held beliefs A beguiling book for anyone with a life in food, or a household philosopher. What is the meaning behind our everyday meal If you are an avid foodie a thinker, this book is for you.There is no exact answer on how to eat and this is certainly not the objective of the book.Instead, this is the kind of book that puts a stone in your shoes.Some aspects discussed are selection of food terms like organic, GMO, local, etc , preparation of food, the eating process itself, fasting, and so on.Each chapter is complemented with the author s recipe.