As a photographer, I made a Photo shooting with Gilles Lartigot few months ago. This photo is the book cover Gilles Lartigot EAT2. This new book by Gilles Lartigot is the sequel to the best seller " EAT - Chronicle of a wild animal in the food jungle. " I knew Gilles Lartigot for a few years, a very simple and user-friendly shoot.
The meeting with Gilles Lartigot
I met Gilles Lartigot ten years ago. It's up to the VIP of Hellfest open air festival . We had discussed over a drink about our common passions, music and food. Gilles is a metalheads at heart, it is one of our common passions.
Food is a second. Mass Hysteria was playing that year. It is also a point in common that we have, the love of French metal. Gilles Lartigot also produced the first album of the Marseille group Dagoba.
The shooting of the cover of Gilles Lartigot's book Eat2
I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from Gilles Lartigot. He had just finished the sequel to his bestseller EAT and wanted a portrait for the cover of his new delivered EAT2.
Gilles sailing regularly between Europe and North America, the appointment was made in Aubagne, his home in the south of France for a shooting improvised. Around a good meal, we discuss the project, its expectations in terms of photography, then after a few hours of shooting, a sober and effective result.
Who is Gilles Lartigot?
Gilles Lartigot is a French activist for eco-responsible and healthy consumption, outside supermarkets and agro-industrial products. Gilles lives in France and Montreal. He is the author of the best seller " EAT - Chronicle of a wild animal in the food jungle »In WinterFields, published in September 2013.
EAT, the book of Gilles Lartigot is the result of an investigation that lasted more than three years, a study dealing with dietary patterns. The subject revolves around "eating well".
Summary by Gilles Lartigot Eat2
Summary of the book EAT 2 of Gilles Lartigot : “We live in a society that is toxic to our health. Junk food makes us sick. Pollution, stress and chemicals are part of our daily life. Gilles Lartigot, author of the book Eat, testifies to his career and his awareness of modern foods. It reveals various facts about factory farming and chemical additives and gives us some options for better assimilation of food for our body and mind. "
In this book, the author emphasizes the importance of being open, of not discriminating against people for their differing opinions, of being compassionate and empathetic. “It's the idea of discussing together to understand the world in which we live, not to be a subject and to be an actor of our own happiness. Despite our disagreement, each of us has an interesting opinion to share, a stone to awaken collective consciousness. "
Why did you want to write a sequel to EAT?
Gille Lartigot : It was really a wish on my part. If I had to listen to my readers, I would write a book every six months. I took my time. I have closely studied files, such as the case of cancer after my meeting with Dr Nicole Delepine or the struggle for survival with Vol West, which remains one of the central pillars of the book.
Two interesting and current main topics that I absolutely wanted to share with readers. Then it went pretty fast, I had gathered a lot of information since I wrote EAT in 2013. My thinking had changed.
Presentation of Gille Lartigot by COTE Magazine
Gilles Lartigot has everything of an athlete, one meter ninety and his quintal of muscles. More than thirty years of physical culture have enabled him to face all the vagaries of life. From the morning, the practice of sport nourishes his thoughts and his inspiration, but also his will to set up food and its mode of consumption in absolute priorities. His vision is simple: we live in a toxic society full of harmful industrialists plagued by stress, pollution and the chemicals that surround us.
Drifts in the food industry will continue to increase and profitability will become a requirement. Apart from factory farming, GMOs, and animal meal, there is the threat of TAFTA, which will impose ever more intensive breeding methods to the detriment of quality.
Because our eating habits determine our health and determine the future of our children, Gilles Lartigot has summarized his observations and considerations in a book. It delivers a crude observation of the dangers of modern food and its impact on the development of cancer, stroke and chronic disease. If the book is a great success, it is also because it advocates a different way of eating, emphasizes what is good for your health and offers original recipes that break down prejudices.
Of course, we have published a number of articles on diet, but EAT is different: it explains the basics of today's diet through numerous interviews with specialists. Gilles Lartigot extends his written reflections by crisscrossing France, by organizing series of conferences where he reveals the secrets of an original cuisine.
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Bonus: Interview with Gilles Lartigot
Can you tell us a word about your background?
Gille Lartigot : I am a 100% freelance writer. I wrote “Eat” a little over a year ago. Earlier, I had a pretty eclectic life cycle. I was a musician and then a producer. I lived in California when I was 18. At that time, I had contacts with the world of sport and physical culture and I became interested in nutrition.
I worked with my father who was a printer. I did a lot of different activities until I started to wonder about my work and my life in general. We are often absorbed in work. If it's exciting, it can be done at a dedicated place and time, and that's a good thing. But most of the time, work becomes part of personal and family life. For people who have children, the problem is that they can't watch them grow up, they can't take care of them. My wife and I wanted to take a break.
We have started a project in the food industry. It all started with films made with a hidden camera. The objective is to protect animals. We have come to realize the atrocities we inflict on our animals, especially the animals that we eat and that are on our plates.
Next, we dealt with the lies of the food industry. I mean nutritional advice like this: “You have to drink milk”, “Animal proteins are better than vegetable proteins”… All this misinformation, supported by the lobby, which prompted us to write “Eat”.
Your athletic diet when you started out?
Gille Lartigot : In bodybuilding, a classic meal consists of many dairy products, chicken, beef or tuna with rice. What a digestible thing! My approach to food was purely physical. I had to eat my protein, carbohydrates, fat. These were meals with a very small amount of raw materials, to which food supplements based on cow's milk, light carbonated drinks, endurance drinks with maltodextrin, very fluorescent dyes were added ... But despite everything, I felt that I was eating a very healthy diet.
I was never over-prepared or over-cooked, because my sport demanded “clean” food from me. It makes you smile today ... My diet change was quick, and plants are now the basis of my diet. It is encouraging to think that change can happen at any age!
How did the click come?
Gille Lartigot : It was when I helped infiltrate factory farms for my investigation. The first was a laying hen farm, which shocked me enough, then the pigs. There, I saw things that I should not have seen and that marked me strongly. I could no longer eat meat. I was a little panicked because I continued this sport and I still had these food prejudices built for twenty years. So I had to learn about so-called “alternative” foods: vegetarianism, veganism, raw, juice ...
It opened my eyes. I realized that we can eat with conscience. When we learn about how our animals are raised and slaughtered, few people can still eat this meat. It has become a big garbage can, especially to the detriment of animals. When we know that we kill 3 million animals a day and that we always have to produce more, it is obvious that they are being killed in terrible ways. To produce more plants, we had to use pesticides etc. To produce more live animals, we willfully get sick.
Today people don't want to see, they don't want to know. And when I am told that humans have always been carnivorous, I answer that this is not true because humans did not eat meat in cages. He hunted for food. and man is omnivorous. This excessive consumption of meat is happening nowadays. Before World War II, there were no factory farms. We ate animals raised in normal, that is to say, reasonable conditions; which made it possible to meet “local” needs and therefore more restricted and therefore in more responsible and respectful conditions.
The cattle were given adequate feed, not GMO corn. We didn't stuff them with antibiotics, and we didn't vaccinate them from birth. These practices shock me. I was also struck by the fact that this information was not communicated by the mainstream media. I really needed to look far to learn to eat differently. My personal successes convinced me.
What do you mean by original food?
Gille Lartigot : It is food produced by the earth! Basically it is a vegetable. I rely in particular on the texts of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, who says that man is built like a vegetarian, he must therefore eat vegetables. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was a vegetarian. Great Greek thinkers like Socrates were vegetarians. You also have Albert Einstein, Confucius, Leonardo da Vinci… You begin to wonder: these people are still very intelligent!
I don't like to classify people: vegetarians, vegans… For me, these are “boxes”. Whatever we choose, there are poisonous foods and original foods. If everyone ate only organic meat, grown "normally", then the production would not be enough to satisfy everyone's eating habits. People should be re-educated to eat them only once a week! What the ancients did.
Change food, that bring what?
Gille Lartigot : Health. It is something necessary. Unfortunately, people often realize their eating mistakes when they are sick. It's a shame then that they could prevent it. When you have children, you want their health. By giving them fries, mashed potatoes, Mc Do, cola or candy, you are poisoning them. You must be aware.
But when you realize that you can eat differently, that it's okay, and that you're having fun, then you realize that the money isn't the problem. People spend money on drugs, meal replacements, dietary supplements, and chemical vitamins. The problem of time arises. Time has been stolen by modern society. We no longer have time to go to the market, to cook, to get information ...
But this problem has become global, and affects other areas of life. You don't have to change the world, but you have to change your ways, and food is the basis of that change, because when we drink freshly squeezed juice, we don't think the same as when we are. let's drink “Gatorade”.
With a change in diet, there is a kind of excitement. It's like opening a cage. Eating toxic foods affects our thoughts. It is therefore a story of consciousness and everyone has the "click" to find a door for it.