French gastronome Raymond Blanc wrote an opinion piece for the BBC's Green Room (12/23) in which he asked people to think about the little extra they spend on quality food for holiday feasting, and consider doing that throughout the year.
"We don't need cheap food any more than we need junk food. We need good, wholesome, nutritious, interesting food, sold at a realistic price, and grown in a way that does not damage the environment but enhances it.
And if that means saving a bit of money by spending less on the tinsel, why, what better time than Christmas to learn that lesson and teach it to our children?
Bon appetit et Joyeux Noel!"