“My mother made a lot of things because she thought they’d be healthy for us,” she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “There were some very unfortunate experiences with whole wheat bread and bananas. I always tried to get rid of that sandwich and eat one of my friends’ lunches.”
Waters first began to view food differently while in college, when she left the University of California, Berkeley, for a semester to study abroad in Paris.
“It was really an awakening for me,” she says. “I felt like I had never really eaten before. I had liked certain things but I didn’t understand how it fit into people’s lives in a delicious way. When I went [to Paris] and walked past the markets and ate in the little restaurants, it was like a revelation. … So when I came home, I felt like I could really make this happen in my own life.”
A friend of mine turned vegetarian after The Incident with a chicken foccacia. Another broadened her list of acceptable foods upon meeting her husband-to-be. And another, dropped the meat whilst he was living in England.
And so. I’m wondering about you.
Our backgrounds, events and circumstances shape the way we make our food choices. Why do you eat the way you do? I’m curious!
I’ll be posting soon.
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