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Monday, May 31, 2010

Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head

In the ‘70’s, B. Kliban published books of drawings (cartoons) mostly about cats. I was in college and found them very entertaining especially one not particulaly related to cats, Never Eat Anything Bigger than Your Head. The cover shows a man at a restaurant being served a huge mound of food – bigger than his head.

I’m not sure they were influenced by the book but I read an article recently about two brothers who studied the amount of food in various paintings of the Last Supper. While it is the same meal, portions have increased over the past 1000 years.

Apparently even the Last Supper has been supersized!

According to the study's findings after indexing the sizes of the foods by the sizes of the average disciple’s head, they found that portion size, plate size, and bread size increased dramatically over the last one thousand years. Overall, the main courses depicted in the paintings grew by 69%, plate size by 66%, and bread size by 23%. The study’s findings are published in the April 2010 issue of the International Journal of Obesity.

Last night Eunice and I ate something bigger than our heads. We had fried chicken, mashed potatoes and creamed gravy. We thought we’d have leftovers for a picnic today. Didn’t happen; none left. In our defense, Dallas got off work early, arrived home in time for dinner, and also ate something bigger than his head with a proportionally big smile.

Eat Good Food, Be Kind, Tell the Truth
Click below for the collection of recipes or for an easy to print copy of a single recipe.

Collection of Recipes

Fried Chicken: Use the 4 Steps for Healthy Frying

Mashed Potatoes: My mother's recipe which really just depends on using as much butter and milk as you want for taste and texture.

Cream Gravy: I was going to say it won't kill you but it might - but not from the Tyramine.

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