Celebrity Chefs Bring Unhealthy-Looking Crowd, and Unexpected Inspiration


A-photo-of-Colleen-NewquistSitting at an art fair with my husband in early November, keeping him company while he offered his raku ceramics for sale, was a decidedly un-country way to spend time, I thought.

We spent three days in a convention center at the Cleveland airport, under unflattering artificial light, watching herds of overweight Americans head toward the food show held adjacent to the fair.

The air rumbled with muffled rock music, undecipherable enthusiastic introductions, and roars of applause as celebrity chefs took the stage at the show next door. The doughy attendees looked like they spent a lot of time sitting on the couch ogling Giada (cue the roar!) rather than cooking fine food themselves.

I took a little time and wandered around the part of the show that I could enter for free (nowhere near the celebrities, of course), and, although it was heartening to see a crowd around the booth for organic goat cheese, I found the bulk of the experience beautifully summed up in a giant cake on display:


Yes, that was a cake. Really.

Nebraska Dave
11/24/2010 11:19:36 AM

@Colleen, wow, it does sound like you could have your own country cooking show. Why doesn’t someone really do that? Is there not enough interest in just healthy cooking? I try to watch the cooking shows on TV but it gets way over my head real quick. I’m just a throw it on the grill for awhile and eat it kind of guy. Simple is better in my opinion. Soup, stew, casserole, it doesn’t matter. It’s all good. Don’t get me wrong now I can do a fancy dinner too …. if I must and I do like an occasional fast food item now and again. However my stomach is telling me that fast food is bad food by giving me that queasy feeling an hour after eating it. I just keep trying every so often to see if anything has changed. Yeah, I know I’m a slow learner. It kind funny how fast food tastes so good going down. Those testing times are getting farther and farther apart. Hopefully at the end of next summer more will come from the garden or local road side stands. My goal for next year is more growing, more preserving, and healthier eating. It’s all part of a step by step plan to become more self sufficient. We will see how it all works. Have a great Thanksgiving day.

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