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And you thought that buying locally and cooking at home was the way to be a good green citizen. But back in roughly the 18th century, the Japanese were all about eating out. OK, that might be a stretch, but according to Azby Brown and his new book, Just Enough
, during the Edo period in Japan, many tenets of sustainability were developed, among them the idea that buying prepared food was more energy efficient. The thinking being that a restaurant would “use fuel more efficiently than [a] single household
,” as SFGate notes in an interview with Brown.
So stop fretting over that tostada to-go that you’re jonesing for tonight. Instead fret over whether you should tip on takeout or not.
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