Not sure how the intro to this story of doggy bags making their way to France retained my attention. I can’t believe that any French person traveling to the US in 2009 would believe that “doggy bags” are related to ‘Reservoir Dogs’ when we’ve heard of them for ages and have even joked about them for at least 15 years.
Anyhow, the thing is that the law changed recently in France and as soon as I read that the regional newspaper Sud-Ouest published a “tutorial” with the literal translation sac à chien, I had to read on… the comments were hilarious and mostly reflect what I sensed once when I suggested to my dad that we bring home the bottle of wine that was half-full: he would be embarrassed and “we don’t do that”.
Ultimately, the article sums it up quite nicely with:
“the doggy bag won’t change the world but the anti food-waste supermarket law will”
The New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris herself mentions this article in her glorious TED talk here, noting she allowed the f-word by the café owner: