In Sean O’Connell’s Washington Post review of the newly released movie Forks Over Knives, he concludes that the movie is informative on its premise that a plant-based diet will help you live a longer, healthier life, but he states that it is lacking in creativity. Fair enough. I’m seeing the movie tonight, and I’ll see if I agree with him.
But, Mr. O’Connell completely lost me in the final sentence of the review:
“Forks,” in comparison [to summer blockbusters], is a plate of vegetables. It’s high on nutritional value but absent any pleasure.
Mr. O’Connell: what exactly are you eating? I have spent the last six and a half years eating nothing but delicious vegetables, grains, nuts, and fruits, and I have never enjoyed food more. Beyond the fact that I’m ridiculously healthy now, largely due to my diet, I look forward to each meal because they all taste unbelievably delicious. Nothing compares to a plate of well-seasoned, fresh vegetables and herbs. (Okay, maybe chocolate is better. But it’s a close call. Okay, maybe it’s not so close. Chocolate is in a category of its own…)
Tom and I have hosted a number of “Veggilicious” dinners, where we’ve invited carnivores to try some plant-based meals, and without fail our guests ask for seconds and thirds. I extend the invitation to you, Mr. O’Connell. Come try my vegetables and then tell me if your analogy still makes sense.
UPDATE: My thoughts on the film posted here.