Renaissance woman and author of the above is Nichola Fletcher, whose 2005 tome published by St Martin's Press introduces us to the global feasting table. I just pounced on this at the libe, so have read little in it. The opening quote, however, must be shared at once.
"However far back you go in time, the gastronomical value of food always outweighs its alimentary value, and it is in joy, not in pain, that man has found his spirit." ---Gaston Bachelard, a French philosopher ( 1884-1962,) about whom I know nothing.
Yes, thin-o-scenti and diet-o-maniacs, I insist that we are here to enjoy, in modest daily dollops, and occasional feast-y amounts, the provender of this planet, in company with those not fretting over every little bite....
Ms Fletcher's newest book is "Caviar: A Global History." She is doubtless one of the non-fretter-ers.