Food has become a engrossing topic.
Eating habits may also be a way to understand a powerholder's psychology.
Eating habits include:
* Eats alone
* Eats in public while others watch
* Eats in silence
* Eats while demanding conversation from tablemates
*Consumes meal or picks at meal
* Are table mates free to eat as they please or must
they eat by command of the powerholder (Eg are guests forced
to over eat? Are they expected to sit hungry and watch while
the powerholder eats or refuses to eat?
* Food aversions
* Where the powerholder prefers to take meals
* With which persons the powerholder eats - or none at all
* How powerholder behaves if a meal is satisfactory/unsatisfactory
* Sources of foodstuffs
* Selection of foodstuffs
* Choice of persons to select, cook the food
* How the food is presented (dishes, eating utensils, table setting,
* Time of day/night powerholder wants/demands food.
* Uneaten food/rejected food -- is it thrown into garbage, burned'
or are others allowed to eat
* Are meals used to humiliate others?
* How powerholder eats --
shares/refuses to share
active after meals or asleep
* Drunk or sober
* In bed
* While walking
* On toilet
* In bath or shower
* Dining room
(Brillat Saverin in The Physiology of Taste
) claimed that Napoleon commanded that his kitchen be set up so that any time he needed a meal of
chicken, cutlets, and coffee, this could 'at once be set before him'
at any time, day or night.
So, if you ever had to cook or serve dinner to a guru, sheikh, human potential
leader -- or witnessed how this was done, feel free to step up.
To toss this ball into the game, here are descriptions of
the food preferences of the ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.
The founder and former director of the CIA’s Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior, Jerrold M. Post:
Kim has this special sense of self so that there is no contradiction between the exquisite care that goes into his own cuisine and the shortly after Fujimoto’s book was published.
Post, who has also profiled Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, was struck not only by the shamelessness with which Kim craved luxury but also by his fussiness about how ordinary foods should be prepared. Not only was each grain of rice to be inspected but, according to a memoir by one of Kim’s relatives, the rice had to be prepared the old-fashioned way over a wood ?re using trees from Mount Paektu, a legendary peak the Sino-Korean border that Kim claims (falsely) as his birthplace.
Post suggested the elaborate preparation of the rice is in keeping with the ideological underpinnings of a system in which Kim and his father are treated as divine—more like the former cult of the Japanese emperor than a true communist regime.
“This is how you prepare food and water for a god. Nothing remotely imperfect should cross his lips,” said Post.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 05/21/2015 02:37AM by corboy.