Recently, I came across a unique volume titled “Signs of Taste: A Gastrological Guide and Recipe Book” by Steven Mark Weiss (Authors Choice Press), which attempts to connect the signs of the zodiac with their star-fed culinary preferences.
I’ve long felt that astrology is about as useful as FEMA in helping the world deal with its woes. But still, as a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (and author of books like “I Was a Food Writer for the CIA: A Dietary Confession”), Weiss brings a combination of wit and knowledge to his theory that we’re not just what we eat, but also what our star signs determine we’re going to eat.
Reading through “Signs of Taste,” I discovered that Aries live for ice cream and frozen yogurt. Taurus likes breakfast in bed. Gemini is a big escargot eater. Leo likes baked goods and a cup of coffee. Virgo lives for chocolates. Libra’s idea of a good time is a bowl of soup and a chicken salad sandwich. (Is that a good time for anyone?) Exotic Scorpios love fish. Sagittarius spreads peanut butter on everything. Capricorn could eat meatloaf every day. Aquarius goes for soufflés and mousse. Pisces live for artichokes.
I’m a Cancer by birth, having arrived in the world early in the month of July. As a Cancer, I’ve long heard that I like food (no kidding!), and that I’m insecure (no kidding again!). But according to “Signs of Taste,” I’m happy to live on shrimp cocktails and steaks.
I’m told that spaghetti is my favorite dish. Which is odd, for even when Mercury is retrograde, and the world is going to heck, I don’t eat much in the way of spaghetti. Pasta yes, but not spaghetti. I grew up with spaghetti. I’ve moved on to so many other pastas. Risotto — now there’s my idea of a good time! Like all the Cancers I know, I live to eat, rather than eating to live.
Because we’re homebodies, Cancers love comfort foods that offer immediate gratification. You can often find us making a fine meal of canned Mexicorn and Sara Lee chocolate cake — and we have during our year of culinary quarantine. A special evening for a Cancer involves a Trader Joe’s frozen pizza and a Diet Coke.
When we go out, Cancers like to go to cafeterias like Clifton’s, where there are lots of choices, and they can put all the condiments they want on their food. We live for McDonald’s french fries. We never eat cottage cheese; it’s too cold and clammy.
It’s a fun parlor game. But I’m also reminded of what writer Charles Lamb observed two centuries ago: “Nothing puzzles me more than time and space, and yet nothing puzzles me less, for I never think about them either.”
Merrill Shindler is a Los Angeles-based freelance dining critic. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed By This Is Article About What your zodiac sign says about what you eat – Daily News was posted on have 5 stars rating.