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Obnoxious foodies in The New York Times
November 14, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
I guess the rich really are different.
The New York Times has a gratingly pretentious story this week about a wealthy couple who are dissatisfied that their nanny from Wisconsin doesn't know the difference between quinoa and couscous. Since this is a problem that a mere cookbook can't solve, the couple have employed a nanny consulting business called marc&mark that promises to "teach nannies how to cook for YOUR kids." The story can be found at www.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/fashion/chef-run-service-teaches-nannies-recipes-that-skip-the-microwave.html?smid=tw-nytstyles&seid=auto&—r=3&.
To the tune of $2,500, the business owners, Marc Leandro and Mark Boquist, will teach the nanny how to select a ripe avocado or peach at Whole Foods and spend an entire day overseeing her efforts to cook fresh, organic meals using chickpeas or quinoa. They also create a handcrafted cookbook of recipes for the nanny to use. The little girl in this particular family will now have to give up her favorite roast chicken in favor of dining on "black rice and edamame, cinnamon ice cream with toasted almonds, and Tunisian couscous with braised carrots." The wealthy parents want their 5-year-old to develop a "more refined and global palate."
I like my couscous and chickpeas as well as the next vegetarian, but I think it's long past time for the foodies to disappear into the sunset. These people should have used that $2,500 to give their nanny a raise for having to put up with them.
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