Lobster is really cheap right now (global warming) but restaurants are still charging an arm and a leg (a .. claw and another claw) and people are still paying a lot for it, because brains are weird and we’re all pretty stupid. (“If lobster were priced like chicken, we might enjoy it less.”)
Brent Cunningham explores the ritual of the last supper for death-row inmates. Many requested meals are similar, and he suspects class is why: “In America, where the death rows—like the prisons generally—are largely filled with men from the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder, last-meal requests are dominated by the country’s mass-market comfort foods: fries, soda, fried chicken, pie. Sprinkled in this mix is a lot of what social scientists call ‘status foods’—steak, lobster, shrimp—the kinds of foods that in popular culture conjure up the image of affluence.”
Everyone is always saying, “Learn to cook!” (I have said, “Learn to cook!”) But how to start? Here are a few hot tips that helped me:
1. Start drilling it into your head that every time you see a cafe or restaurant or fast food joint, that those places are forbidden. Mantra: “You will not go there and give them your money for things you can do yourself.”
2.Think about what you ate as a kid. Your parents are great resources, either for what to do or what not to do. Google the type of dish you’ve got a craving for and the word “easy”. (This sounds stupidly simple, but I think a lot of people just don’t know where to start.) Soon enough, you’ll find a few go-to sites. Mine are Inn at the Crossroads, Broke Ass Gourmet, All Recipes, and Mark Bittman.