On a flight to Salt Lake City, I picked up Delta’s Sky Magazine and fillpped to an article by Waynette Goodson, called Fast Food Fix. I figured it would be yet another article detailing the evils of fast food. One should never assume. Turns out the article was about a book called, “Fast Food Fix, 75+ Amazing Recipe Makeover of Your Fast food Restaurant Favorites” (Rodale, $14.95). Seems the author, Devin Alexander, has written a cookbook that helps you replicate your favorite fast foods, but with less calories and fat.
There was the requisite scare statistics:
America is the fattest nation in the world, Mississippi is the fattest state, where 30% of the population is obese. 65% of all US adults are overweight or obese.
And then Ms. Goodson conducts an experiment to see if the replicas taste as good as the original.
Pizza Hut’s Meat Lover’s Hand Tossed Style Pizza, 2 slices
Original: 560 calories, 26 grams of fat
Revised: 392 calories, 10 grams of fat
3 ½ hours to make
Arby’s Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich
Original: 570 calories, 29 grams of fat
Revised: 388 calories, 9 grams of fat
Taco Bell Beef Soft Taco Supreme
Original: 260 calories, 14 grams of fat
Revised: 229 calories, 4 grams of fat
The author assumes that we all really, truly, secretly and overtly want to eat fast food. That our food dreams are not about fresh ravioli with a light sauce, but about munching down on a Big Mac. I have a theory, the author works for Delta, she spends a lot of time in airports, eats in airports and thinks this is real food. It’s just a theory as I try to suspend my disbelief in the whole idea of this cookbood.
Could it be true? Do people really crave fast food over slow food? If I was going to spend 3 ½ hours in the kitchen, would I want to produce a Pizza Hut clone? Would I hassle to make a Taco Bell Beef Soft Taco Supreme to save myself 31 calories? Are there really people who would spend that amount time in the kitchen and spend their money to recreate fast food? It cost the author $70.00 to make the 3 dishes listed above.
Simply amazing. Almost unbelievable.