Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - MICHELLE HUR­LEY

Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed; Make My Lunch

Lay­ing low yes­ter­day, af­ter a par­tic­u­larly ag­gres­sive bout of food poi­son­ing or what­ever it was, two things struck me. One, that there’s noth­ing like your body ur­gently ex­pelling what­ever it is in your sys­tem it doesn’t want to give you a sud­den mo­ment of clar­ity: your body is not at your mind’s beck and call. We like to think we can bend/shape/con­trol our bod­ies, if we only had the willpower, but ac­tu­ally, that’s rub­bish, and re­al­is­ing it can put quite a few things into per­spec­tive. The sec­ond thing was how was I go­ing to write about Gor­don Ram­say and his life­long pas­sion for food, when the only thing I felt like con­sum­ing was a bucket of Hy­dr­a­lyte. It’s fash­ion­able to be ut­terly ob­sessed with food, but it can also be ex­haust­ing. And if you’re some­one like Ram­say, the quest to stay at the top of the pile can mean a level of stress and re­sult­ing be­hav­ior that can lead to hav­ing a cer­tain rep­u­ta­tion. But in­stead, Matt Sud­dain found Ram­say in charm­ing form, full of the joys of life and rhap­so­dis­ing lyri­cal about how much he loves New Zealand. How lovely. I might in­vite him over when he’s next here for a glass of wa­ter and a Vegemite sand­wich.

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