Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers weigh in on chefs who work to reduce food waste, small plates, and the Boston accent.


It’s great to see Boston chefs take on food waste, but this article (“Waste Watchers,” August 20)should have given West Coast cities more credit for leading on this problem — especially San Francisco, which has required residents as well as businesses to sort food waste for collection since 2009. It also has the nation’s first and biggest urban food waste composting program.

Jennifer Weeks / Watertown

Kudos to [Jamie] Bissonnette and other chefs for intentionally working toward less food waste in their kitchens! Anyone who has worked in the food industry knows that . . . Americans waste food like it’s nothing. This article was inspiring for me and a great reminder that we all have a part to play in minimizing waste.



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Andy Levinsky’s essay (“When All Plates Are Small Plates,” August 20) overstates a practice far too rare in the United States. I speak as a recovering American eater who welcomed hearty, rich servings from hole-in-the-wall BBQ joints to well-known brasseries. A few years spent living in Asia transformed how I view food, restaurants, and myself. I came to appreciate the greater use of fresh vegetables and steamed foods and did not miss fried foods or heavy doses of carbs. I got back to my weight of 15 years ago. Now when I go out to eat in Boston (and other cities), I dread the large portions that even highly regarded restaurants serve. I’ll take quality over quantity any day of the week.

Juan Fernandez / Sharon

Wonderful piece, and I agree completely. My wife of 43 years enjoys “fine dining,” but I am more of a high-quality pub-grub kind of guy. These days I rarely join her for her style of dining out, lest I choke on the bill and still need something to satisfy my inevitable hunger.

Jeff Kitaeff / North Andover



There is a misconception about the famous Boston accent (Connections, August 20). Bostonians pronounce Linda as Linder only when it is followed by a word beginning with a vowel. As JFK famously said, “. . . Soviet assistance to Cuber, and I quote. . . .”

Christine Puccia / West Roxbury

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