Liberal Arts Blog — Living to Eat versus Eating to Live (Part I)

Liberal Arts Blog — Sunday is the Joy of Humor, Food, Travel, Practical Life Tips, and Miscellaneous Day

Today’s Topic — Living to Eat versus Eating to Live (Part One)

Some of us live to eat. Others eat to live. To each their own. Which is more surprising? Those who couldn’t care less about food? Or those who scarcely think about anything else? One of those great mysteries of life. I’ve puzzled over this for quite some time. Without a definitive answer. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

JULIA CHILD (played by Meryl Streep) AND HER HUSBAND PAUL (Stanley Tucci) -

1. Julia: “What should I do? I don’t really want to go back into government work…”

2. Paul: “What do you really like to do?”

3. Julia: “Eat.”

NB: Don’t miss the full one minute clip. Currently, my favorite movie. I strongly recommend watching the whole thing. Do you have a favorite food-relate clip from a movie? or line from a novel?


1. In the summer of 1971, I spent a week in Maine with a friend.

2. Her god-mother was Julia Child.

3. Julia cooked dinner the whole week.

NB: The highlight was the bouillabaisse. By the way, I was not a fan of Meryl Streep until I saw “Julie and Julia.” She nailed it.

MY FATHER’S MOTHER — Lucrezia Alexandrescu

1. She cooked for her family. She cooked for the Romanian Church.

2. Her specialty was cakes.

3. Especially a multi-layered mocha cake.

NB: At age 90 her arms were so strong, she could out arm-wrestle most of my high school classmates. (Perhaps a slight exaggeration.)


So what are your thoughts on food? Fondest food memories? Favorite foods to eat or prepare? Anything miscellaneous to share from anywhere? Best trip you ever took in your life? Practical life tips? Random facts? Jokes?

This is your chance to make someone else’s day. Or to cement in your mind a memory that might otherwise disappear. Or to think more deeply about something dear to your heart. Continuity is key to depth of thought.



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