My mother was on her way to the supermarket this afternoon, car keys and grocery list in hand, when she took a look at CNBC turned around and without one word headed back up the stairs. What's this, not going out? But you are out of Scotch!! "The market is down 300 points and I don't feel like going shopping", she said. My feelings indeed. I feel sorry for the millions of retirees on fixed income who's portfolios have been cut in half, in spite of solid and safe investments. If this is the collective attitude of millions of Americans every day, our economy and our stomachs are in for a long recession. So with that in mind perhaps it is worthwhile to take a moment and consider what is often said of the French who no matter how strapped, are never too poor to eat well.