Leftover Times

There was an article on leftovers in Wednesday’s New York Times. While it was exciting to see a topic I’m so fond of discussed in that venue, I thought it was…an odd piece. With questionable examples used. Cheese-revoking is bad enough, but bread stealing as retribution?!

Making a meal from scratch that’s intended to appear as if it came from leftovers = silliness. And as a few commenters noted, the title didn’t represent what the story really was about: serving leftovers to those outside the household. 

What’s clear is that the topic of leftovers is ever popular–there were 64 comments before the site closed off feedback (for some reason). As with food waste in general, everyone has a take on leftovers one way or the other.

What was your take on the article?


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  1. Diane
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    I thought it was quite silly. Leftovers are great. I don’t share mine (which I think was kind of the point of the article), because they’re mine – all MINE! Had leftover rice for breakfast this AM.

  2. Susan
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    The article made it seem as if leftovers are just something that eccentric people foist on others, petty people steal from their friends, crazy relative send through the mail, or poor-planning parents force their family to eat four nights in a row. Wrong message to be sending. I had a friend in high school whose Mom, who fancied herself an haute gorumet, always cooked very bizarre, too-clever-for-their-own good dishes. My friend used to LOVE to come to my house for dinner on Monday nights, because my mom always served our (much more palatable) weekend leftovers — fried chicken, corn on the cob, etc. My friend used to say all the time that he’d take my Mom’s leftovers over his mom’s first-timers any day of the week. I would have loved to see some stories liek THAT in the time spiece for balance.

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