[UPDATE]: Welcome, Instapundit readers.
Count me in with Glenn Reynolds about the overwhelming smug that covers this oh-so-pensive worry by a foodie over What Food Says About Class in America. Judging from the article, the first thing that it says about class is that people who make a fetish over what they’re having for dinner often come across as utterly lacking any.
Here’s an especially infuriating bit – which comes from a woman who spends twelve grand a year on food:
“This is our charity. This is my giving to the world,” says Alexandra, finally, as she packs lunchboxes—organic peanut butter and jelly on grainy bread, a yogurt, and a clementine—for her two boys. “We contribute a lot.”
No, this is your indulgence, Alexandra. You’re calling it a ‘charity’ because it makes you feel better. And you aren’t contributing; you’re patronizing… well, I was going to add “…a class of specialized vendors who are happy to cater to your own, luxurious needs” to the end of that sentence, but it works just as well if I don’t.
As for the author: if she’s so worried about food insecurity, she should try donating one-tenth of her monthly food budget to a good soup kitchen. Like the Food Bank for NYC; which I can’t help but notice didn’t get any kind of link, contact information, or even a mention by name in the Newsweek article.