Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 08:18:07 -0400


Subject: Re: Ambrosia?

I'm beginning to wonder about Wayne Glowka and his ongoing diatribe

against American basse cuisine. He has in recent days attacked:

meat in general (I forget the details now, but the discussion

of some flesh product was making him sick)

s'mores in all their gooey varieties

jello salads and ambrosia (sans jello -- only FROZEN coolwhip

in my family, plus sliced bananas and apples, chopped

walnuts and maraschino cherries, heaps of shredded

coconut, and a fortifying splash of almond extract)

What will be next? Chocolate chip sprinkled pigs-in-a-blanket? Dump

cakes? Peanut butter and bologna sandwiches? Pork crackle? Fish

sticks? Goosewhiz lunchtime spread? American cheese? Polish Boys?

French hamburgers? Boston coolers? Ice-cold shandies? A six-pack of

those "full-flavored" Buds? At what point does culinary patriotism

kick in? What American foods *do* you eat, Wayne Glowka?

Tim Behrend

University of Auckland

Returning from a grant writing workshop last night in Charlotte, North

Carolina, I ate two MacDonald's cheeseburgers (my wife was not with me) and

sucked up a large chocolate shake through a collapsing straw as I listened

to National Public Radio. At lunch yesterday, I had black-eyed peas,

pickled beets, cole slaw, fried yellow squash, a yeast roll, and a cornmeal

muffin, washed down with sweet iced tea with lemon. I was too full for

Dutch apple cobbler.

A Texan, I would actually live on Mexican food if it were possible to do so.

Wayne Glowka

Professor of English

Director of Research and Graduate Student Services

Georgia College

Milledgeville, GA 31061