Veronique de Rugy on “An Economist Gets Lunch”

On the (superior) French parental approach to children and food:

Growing up, my parents would mostly ignore my wishes when it came to food — or anything else for that matter. I wasn’t forced to eat blue cheese at every meal, but I had to try it once in a while, like I had to try every new food they put on the table. My mom fixed one meal for the whole family and if you didn’t like it, well, tough luck because that’s what was on the menu that night. As a result, my sister and I ate very diverse meals (most of them without particular enjoyment). This practice may not guarantee that children will grow into adults who can eat anything but it certainly makes it easier for parents (having tried both ways with my children, I can confirm that point too!).

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

And in summary:

Finally, I can imagine that this book will annoy a serious portion of the “foodie” community as, in the end, I read it as an awesome statement about the democratization of great food, not to mention a serious exercise in debunking the idea that high-quality food is reserved for a rare elite willing to invest lots of money in eating.

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One Response to Veronique de Rugy on “An Economist Gets Lunch”

  1. Anon says:

    Of course, once you notice that the parents insist on using formula despite being well aware of the health consequences and that they are unwilling to eat foods that they dislike but the kids like while forcing the kids to do so, you realize that all this “food diversification” is just rationalization for laziness.

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