It was only a matter of time. Look for French Women Don't Get Fat II: Neither Do Mediterranean Women coming soon to a bookstore near you.
Likewise, the NYT Dining section today has an article, "Instead of Eating to Diet, They're Eating to Enjoy." Quoting Alice Waters, Rachael Ray, et. al, the article basically touches on the principles of French Women...: eating for pleasure, eating respectfully, eating mindfully. The article was okay, but I felt like it was a weight loss article in disguise. What interested me was a quote by Arlene Sparks, a professor at Hunter College: "But [eating less processed food] would mean people going back to cooking, and what we've lost is people's ability and knowledge of how to cook." I want to read an article on that, on the intimidation people feel being in the kitchen at all, on the fact we've lost all our roots. I'm often puzzled when I read cookbooks and articles where someone references a recipe "passed down from" their grandmother or mother. Because I certainly don't have that. And I would venture that a lot of people in America don't. So where do we learn how to cook?
Eat, drink, and thank goodness that Food Network has brought cooking into American homes.