A new study shows that the gender of one’s children is a contributing factor to one’s attitudes about politics, and that those with daughters are more likely to be liberal than those with sons.
Parents, and particularly fathers of daughters tended to vote for such typically liberal on issues such as reproductive rights, public policies benefiting women, equal pay, affirmative action, etc. Because parents invest a significant amount of themselves in their children, the authors argue, they want to create a world that is more beneficial to their offspring’s best interests.
Something to mull over next time you head to the voting booth.
Speaking of Liberals, have you ever been to Berkeley California? My father and his brothers went there – my father during the crazy days of the late 60’s. Here are his daughters at the most recent Big Game, all bedecked in Cal gear and face tattoos.
So the reason I bring up Berkeley is that I’m reading a really fascinating book that every foodie really must pick up. Tout de suite. It is called Alice Waters and Chez Panisse – The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution by Thomas McNamee.
Chez Panisse, for the 12 of you who don’t know) is the famous Berkeley eatery started by Ms. Waters in Berkeley back in the early 1970s.
Her singular vision changed the landscape of food in this country. When she began, you could not find olive oil, mesclun, or goat cheese on supermarket shelves. The highest end restaurants in American were serving canned vegetables in their entrees! If you love your Whole Foods and your local farmer’s market, I implore you to fix up a little olive tapenade sur la baguette, pour yourself some California wine, and sit down and indulge in this book.
Chez Panisse was conceived with ample helpings of sex, drugs, free-living (hey, this was Berkeley) but most of all, an absolute passion for food. If there’s one thing I love reading about more than food, it’s stories of passionate people – the truly talented ones – who create their dreams out of thin air. Most of the chefs in Chez Panisse, including Ms. Waters, did not have formal training, but rather impeccable buds and a desire to create something that did not exist. Anywhere. This was to be more than an eatery. It was to be a gathering place for artists and musicians, film makers and traveling gypsies. A place to congregate and enjoy the finest food around.
Ms. Waters’ vision created the cuisine for which California is now known. Her story reminds us: those who become truly great followed no worn path, but blazed their very own.
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