A Student of History

February 7, 2008

Conspicuous Consumption in the Dining Room

Filed under: Simple Living — John Maass @ 6:43 am

(From Time, back in Nov.)

It’s not just that rich people have more money and no problem spending the equivalent of 400 items off McDonald’s dollar-item menu on a dinner for two. Over the past few years, they’ve also turned paying more into a moral cause no right-thinking chef could argue against: free-range, local, sustainable, organic, hormone-free, heirloom, slow food. As a result, top chefs have had to increase their budgets to find the obscure variety of beet grown only by Shakers or the cow that has been massaged, seen Radiohead live and enjoyed Tantric sex before being slaughtered with love.

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