Updike on food

March 2, 2009

This New Yorker blog recalls the late novelist John Updike’s love of food, and of writing about its relationship “to fear and comfort”. In this little piece he is quoted thus:

“I’m somewhat shy about the brutal facts of being a carnivore,” Mr. Updike said. “I don’t like meat to look like animals. I prefer it in the form of sausages, hamburgers and meat loaf, far removed from the living thing. I used to make meat loaf. You can have ideas about meat loaf—leaving something out, putting something in, trimming it to a precise shape.”

I know how he feels about turning one’s head from the brutal facts of carnivorousness. What’s to be done, except eat less meat, perhaps?

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