Betty Fussell recently talked with Miriam Bale of New York-centric The L Magazine about the connections between writing about film and food. The conversation took place before a screening of “Cooking History,” a documentary that tells the story of war through wartime food and recipes. Betty took part in a post-screening Q&A at the 92Y Tribeca.
In the interview, Betty discussed why death, war and cowboys intrigue her, how food relates to everything, why recipes are little pieces of comedy, and why comedies never win Oscars. Here’s the start:
The L Magazine: How did your involvement in this screening come about?
BF: The organizer, Sabine Hrechdakian, approached me. And I liked the sound of it. I said, sure, because that’s a topic I like.
THE L: What topic? Of war, of food?
BF: Of relating! Relating food to war. If you relate food to anything basic, I’m going to like the topic. I just don’t like the silly little entertainments! They distract us from what food is about.
THE L: The silly little entertainments?
BF: I mean, I never ever watch the food shows, never. I mean … what for?!