16th september 2004

Still can't think of the quote to go with the pastrycook, but here's an eating fragment I often think of, from John Berger's G:

The cook, standing by the range, watches the seven men and three maids eating with an expression of apparent surprise on her face. If she is not harried, it is the expression she habitually wears when watching people eat the food she has prepared. The surprise cannot be the fact that they eat it with such appetite - for this can surely no longer surprise her. Perhaps it is less personal: the elemental surprise provoked by watching anything being devoured and then apparently ceasing to exist.