The Omnivore, (a.k.a. Julie Jonak), was a wee lass when first she discovered the wonderful world of food. Through her quirky but sweet family, she managed to expand her horizons to explore the entire world and attempt to try all its food, from the bizarre to the comforting. Tapping into her favorite mode of communication, she strives to show you her world via this blog. Inspired by none other than the fantastic Jeffrey Steingarten in his book The Man Who Ate Everything she took on an ambitious title, “The Omnivore,” due to his introduction.
“By design and by destiny, humans are omnivores…Everything else is learned. Newborns are not repelled even by the sight and smell of putrefied meat crawling with maggots…I cannot figure out why, but the atmosphere in America today rewards this sort of self-deception. Fear and suspicion of food have become the norm…People should be deeply ashamed of the irrational food phobias that keep them from sharing food with each other. Instead, they have become proud and isolated, arrogant and aggressively misinformed.
But not me.”
Amen. Perhaps through her own adventures (or misadventures…) you too can be convinced to join this group of Omnivores.
Photos by Daniel Wang.