Books vs. Food

If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I love to eat. In my old job, all of my co-workers knew this. Mostly because most of the employees there were workaholics who skip meals because of work or if they bother to eat, they eat in front of their laptops while working. I was different because I always make a point of eating whenever I’m hungry. Plus I’m enthusiastic about the food places that I love so I always tell people about these places and thus encourage them to try the food there. Before I left, they were joking that they should compile a list of the food items that I persuaded people to eat.

I’m writing about this because hakaw has asked me before this question: if I had to choose between good food and books, what would I choose? I said I honestly don’t know. Up to now, I haven’t given her an answer. I remembered it because this topic has been brought up in one of my Goodreads groups. One of my friends there said that she had to make this choice before – there wasn’t any food in the house so she decided to get take out but then she saw a book that she really wanted but she only had enough money for food. She decided to buy the book and just skip dinner.

My top three favorite activities are eating, sleeping and reading (yes I know, those are all activities for the lazy) so it’s really a tough choice for me. But I realize that while I’ve always liked reading, I wasn’t into food when I was younger. I was a really picky eater and I didn’t enjoy good food like I do now. I didn’t even eat Japanese food back then! When I really think about it, I’m more excited about getting a book that I really want than eating at a great restaurant. For example, if I had to choose right now between having a copy of A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner and eating at a hotel buffet like Heat, I’d choose the book right away. So there, I guess I choose books. hakaw, I finally have an answer! I’m just really thankful that I can afford to buy books and eat out from time to time.

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
— Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

How about you, what would you pick if you had to make a choice, food or books? Or have you ever had to decide between two favorite things?

20 thoughts on “Books vs. Food

  1. Great choice,
    I’m a huge food lover as well but life without books would absolutely be not worth living. i would miss good food but I would take comfort in the fact that it was an honourable sacrifice.

  2. I’m a huge food lover as well but life without books would absolutely be not worth living.
    Exactly! I couldn’t imagine life without books too. Plus books are food for the soul so even if you won’t get good food, your soul still gets nourishment. Haha!

  3. Chachic, maybe it’s because we usually borrow the books from you. you probably get the first dibs on the books we should read and then recommend them to us.

  4. That’s because I have the most books! Haha remember, you guys used to tell me “Chachic, you’re sick, you need help!” because I keep buying books and it’s an addiction. I can’t help it when I see great recommendations. That’s what happens when you become active in book communities and forums.

  5. From Celina
    My answer would depend on my mood, I guess. Like if you asked me to choose right now whether I would prefer a box of Royce chocolates or any of the books on my wish list, I would go for the Royce chocolates (yum!).:) Luckily, I haven’t had to make that decision too often.
    But I agree, I can’t live without books either!

  6. Re: From Celina
    Royce! Oh Celina, why’d you go ahead and mention that? Now I’m thinking if I want a box of Royce. It’s so expensive though! It’s equivalent to the price of two paperbacks. My favorite flavor is champagne, what’s yours? When Royce wasn’t available here in Manila, I used to ask all of my friends who went to Singapore or Hong Kong to get it for me.

  7. Haha I don’t want to be cured! I just accepted the fact that yes, I’m hooked. See, it’s a hard decision! Try and think about it and let me know what’s your choice.

  8. Re: From Celina
    Funny, you automatically computed the equivalent in books.:) I usually just get the original one, I don’t know what flavor it is. Haha! But next time, I will try that champagne flavor.:)

  9. Re: From Celina
    Haha yeah, I do that sometimes, measure the worth of something based on book prices. Oh is that the one that comes in blue packaging? That’s good too. The champagne is the one in green. Good thing there’s Royce in Trinoma! So if I ever crave for it, I can just go there and buy something.

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