I picked up The Art of Eating In on a whim. I'm always looking for good food related books especially about home cooks. Overall, I enjoyed The Art of Eating Out even though I didn't relate to the author.
One day, Cathy reminisces about a media diet she did in college. The diet gave her a greater appreciation of what she had to choose from. Dining out seemed like a given for Cathy especially since she lives in New York. Cathy decided to not dine out. She didn't put a limit on how long but she wanted to give herself a challenge to eat at home. I appreciated the spirit of the challenge. Sometimes grabbing takeout or stopping for dinner isn't what I want to do. I'm pressed for time and this is easier. Usually it's not something I'm craving and probably something I could make at home if I had more time. I'd like to save dining out for when I'm craving something or when it would be difficult for me to recreate at home. Sure, I could learn to make sushi at home but I prefer paying someone to do it and eat what I truly want.
Cathy does use this opportunity to learn to cook foods from other cultures, enter cook offs, and learn to forage for food. I envied the time she had to spend learning to cook new foods and the amount of time she had for trial and error. For part of the challenge she was in a relationship but he didn't seem very supportive of her not dining out. Later on they breakup and she attempts to date without going out to eat. I found that interesting but living in New York there are no shortage of other things to do.
I've added Cathy's blog, Not Eating Out In New York, in my feed reader. It's good to hear different perspectives. Others who shared their thoughts on The Art of Eating In: Joy's Book Blog and Earthbound Chronicles.
This is my second read for the Foodies Read Challenge.Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.