Magazine article The Spectator

Speed Eating

Magazine article The Spectator

Speed Eating

Article excerpt

New York

Thanksgiving is a bigger marathon than Christmas. Maybe because the holiday lasts only four days instead of 12. Thus Americans feel obliged to cram as many lunches and dinners as possible into that shorter period. It's a form of speed eating.

Meals are staggered - at least they seem to be in New York State and on Long Island. Thus, on Thanksgiving day itself (Thursday), I attended one lunch at 1 o'clock. Thinking this was it - you know, é finita - I did ample justice to the turkey. Just as I was getting into the swing of a third slice of pecan pie at 4 o'clock, I was told I was expected at another lunch at 4.30.

'Oh, ha, ha,' I said with heavy sarcasm, stuffing in another spoonful.

At 4.30, we were knocking on another front door. Copious amounts of alcohol were already being consumed. Our host, judging by the number of pots and pans in his very large kitchen, seemed to be cooking for 40. …

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