The press continues to hit up Jonathan Safran Foer for smug sound bites regarding his vegetarianism, and he continues to deliver.
Today’s Financial Times interview with Emily Stokes achieves something new, however. Over the course of a vegan lunch in the West Village, Foer makes clear his disdain not just for meat but for food in general, and for the people who enjoy it:
“Oh, I’d say I like a meal as much as anybody,” he tells me, mildly, as he browses the menu. “But I find a certain kind of foodiness silly, gluttonous and embarrassing.” He pauses, looking up. “Look, taste is clearly the crudest of our senses: this is scientifically, objectively factual. It is less nuanced. Eyesight is extraordinary – hearing, touch. I find people who devote their whole lives to taste a little strange.” He stresses the last words as if this was a vast understatement.
Stokes notes that, in his book, he “never once describes a vegetarian dish he really enjoys.”