A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

Recent entries:
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (6/26)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (6/26)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (6/26)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (6/26)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (6/26)
More new entries...

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


Entry from March 01, 2010
“If we are what we eat, I’m fast, cheap and easy”

The food phrase “you are what you eat” is taken from a phrase by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826): “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”

Many American eat fast food. A T-shirt slogan developed: “If we are what we eat, then I’m fast, cheap and easy.” The saying has been cited in print since at least 1998.


Wikipedia: Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1 April 1755, Belley, Ain – 2 February 1826, Paris) was a French lawyer and politician, and gained fame as an epicure and gastronome: “Grimod and Brillat-Savarin. Between them, two writers effectively founded the whole genre of the gastronomic essay.”
(...)
Quotes
. “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”

Zazzle.com
If we are what we eat then I’m FAST CHEAP & EASY
T-Shirt
Product id: 235430231093514056
Made on 11/28/2007 7:20 AM

Google News Archive
29 April 1998, Cherokee County Herald (Centre, AL), pg. 12A, col. 3:
County citizens described as “fast, cheap and easy”
Health Council learns of eating habits

By TERRY DEAN, Staff Writer
We’ve heard of the old adage all of our lives, “we are what we eat.” If that is true, then most of the citizens of this country today are “fast, cheap and easy.” It’s not meant as an insult, but a statement of fact, according to health and nutrition officials.

Google Books
Just hand over the chocolate and no one will get hurt
By Karen Scalf Linamen
Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell
1999
Pg. 158:
It said: “If we are what we eat, then I’m fast, cheap and easy.”

25, July 2000, Charlotte (NC) Observer, “Let’s read some letters taken from that wretched ol’ mail bag,” pg. 5E:
If we are what we eat, I’m fast, cheap and easy.

Buzzle.com
Women’s T-Shirt Sayings
By anisha
Published: 3/14/2002
If we are what we eat, I’m fast, cheap and easy.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Monday, March 01, 2010 • Permalink