White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses says goodbye to the Obamas, accepting a new culinary endeavor in New York. This happens in response to differences with the first lady on which ingredients can and cannot be used in Yosses’ dessert creations. This made me think of three things. 1.) I like this man. 2.) I am so excited for this man. 3.) Soylent Green.
“I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” Yosses told The New York Times.
Such principle! Such character! I don’t know too many people who would choose butter over The White House, but I sure as hell would. And Yosses did so gracefully! Yes, we all have bosses, and we must do the job at hand; but if such job conflicts with our principles, we must exit the stage.
People feel bad for him. “He’s in a hard place,” I’ve heard several times. Yada yada. I don’t interpret this scenario as sad whatsoever. He can now live vibrantly, and I’m so excited to watch his success.
But how does this relate to Soylent Green?
The Boston Herald reports on Mrs. Obama’s influence extending beyond the perimeter of The White House:
“The food police, led by the first lady, want to dictate everything from what we grow to how much meat we eat to the size of our portions. In the process, they push up food costs and, even worse, actually harm our diet and our health, too.”
This hits so close to home because in my 11 year struggle with Bulimia and the four years since, my diet is criticised as being not correct. I was the little girl who didn’t get the Food Pyramid. Six to 11 servings of bread, cereal, rice, pasta per day? Sure, if I wanted to feel like an elephant! And I was the Bulimic who didn’t understand why I needed to eat ABC to be ‘recovered’. And I’m currently the yoga girl who eats a vegan with benefits diet, recently defined as Independent Eating. But apparently I’m breaking food laws. ;)
I see our society as being more and more controlled, so much that we’ll be soon be eating Soylent Green as our main staple. And that’s pretty damn scary. Even still, I think with people like Bill Yosses and me and others who stand by their principles, that we just might be okay.
What do you think about The Food Police?