I was rereading this last night, for it is one of my favourite books. It got me thinking again about fast food.
Sadly, fast food has been burdened with a bad reputation. Most of us equate fast food with bad food. If you do, first up, I highly recommend you read: In praise of fast food. It’s a great review of fast food, why we tend to think of it as bad, and how, if we really think about it, it can be close to perfect food. Some of the most memorable meals I have had have been at fast food places like Trzesniewski’s in Vienna, or locally, the Chip Wagon in my home town of Glace Bay, with it famous french fries peeled and cooked in the same truck. Crepes in Budapest, ham and cheese sandwiches in Paris, tapas in Madrid, pretzels in NYC: these are all great examples of delicious fast foods that I have had. I am sure you can think of lots of places yourself.
It’s not the food or the way it is prepared that is the problem, I believe: it is the intersection of politics and commerce. Not that politics and commerce are necessarily evil either, but they seem to make it difficult to have food that is fast and good.
So whenever you find a place that serves food good and fast, patronize it and tell others about it. Likewise whenever you prepare your own dishes that are quick and tasty. And if you ever get a chance, read this book. It’s subtitle is: Adapting to the Rhythm of Modern Life. Like me, de Pomiane believed you could eat well and eat quickly, and he set out to prove it. We need more people like him, and more-better fast food.