“As Japan Ages, Menus Adapt to Finding the Gourmet in Purees”

Yes, that’s right: Japan’s old folks—a bulging demographic—are eating lots of pureed food, because, being old folks, they have trouble chewing.

THAT news is “fit to print,” according to the New York Times, which gives it front-page treatment. As for the worsening catastrophe in Fukushima, you can search every page of that newspaper, and you won’t find one word about it, not today or nearly any other day.

So let’s all think about those oldsters in Japan, scarfing down their yummy pureed beef, seafood and vegetables, and ask ourselves—or, better yet, the Times—what makes that story more important than the radiation poisoning of the Pacific Ocean, and, because of it, the foods that more and more of us can’t eat at all, pureed or not.

MCM


As Japan Ages, Menus Adapt to Finding the Gourmet in Purées

By Motoko Rich

YOKOHAMA, Japan — The 94-year-old man had come for lunch at a Chinese restaurant, and he was determined to make the most of his squid and leek stir-fry.

Eigo Shinoda, a former shipbuilding executive and fighter pilot in World War II, spends his days in a wheelchair and has trouble eating solid food. But that was no impediment as he dug into his meal with a plastic turquoise spoon recently.

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