I tend to agree with Guiliano that America's Puritanism is the source of most of its ills, as well as the ridiculous corporate nature of the food induI tend to agree with Guiliano that America's Puritanism is the source of most of its ills, as well as the ridiculous corporate nature of the food industry. The focus is on getting people to spend as much money as possible and maximizing profit, so the food they're buying is cheap to produce. Since the quality is low, flavors have to be enhanced with salt, sugar and fat and here we are.
The French see things differently. They will pay for good food, they will enjoy the flavors and they will seek variety and pleasure. Their senses are not dulled by over processing. And above all, they don't see pleasure as sinful. They see it as the best part of life. Americans tend to be Protestants of a Calvinistic bent, so all pleasure has to be put off until it's time to go to Heaven, or it's a sin that has to be indulged and then atoned for.
I agree this is completely stupid.
So the solution, the French way, is to enjoy small pleasures whenever you can (otherwise, why LIVE?!), eat and learn to prepare real food with real nutrients, and avoid processed garbage.
Can you lose weight this way? I don't know. But it's a hell of a lot better than frozen diet foods and lite beer.......more
Right off the bat, there were three or four "spellcheck missed it" typos. The kind that only a human brain can catch, because we don't have the MatrixRight off the bat, there were three or four "spellcheck missed it" typos. The kind that only a human brain can catch, because we don't have the Matrix yet, and computers can only match groups of letters against databases and see if they are known words, not see if the words fit in the context of the sentence. (These are also called Damn You Auto-Correct errors, if the computer tries to be helpful.) Normally, I would have thrown up my hands and mentally given up on the book.
However, the writing style, careful and honest, kept me in. The message, too, was very helpful.
This is a completely different book from Sethi's I Will Teach You to Be Rich. For someone like me, who is already digging out of a hole--it's more helpful. And while Sethi's sample budget seem to overflow with magical money (how nice you get to expect that, but I take home a ninth of that if I'm lucky), Wecks operates on a much more realistic scale. Sethi's approach to a budget shortfall is "Ask for a raise! Find another job!" Wecks's approach is, "Find a second job if you can, but if you can't, decide what's important based on your values and let the rest go."
Pay food, shelter, clothing and transportation first. Then your emergency fund. Then pay off all your debts (and cut up your credit cards; you don't need them. No. You really don't, and they are killing you). Then pay for retirement. And so on.
I felt the book was very honest and made a lot more sense. It also explained why I've never gotten a budget to work, and how I can get one to work, if I do it the right way (looking FORWARD, not back).
I hope I paid for this book. I suspect it was a freebie that day.
But finally, a freebie worth reading! Despite a handful of errors!...more