The Trouble with Brunch
Coach House Books
In The Trouble with Brunch, Shawn Micallef takes your perfunctory view on brunch and turns it into a heightening of social awareness. Through fluid flow and intellectual observations, Micallef draws you into a subject you didn’t even know you wanted to examine. He talks about how he desperately used to cling to his middle-class life, or at least the beliefs and expectations he thought the middle-class life brought with it. He also delves into how many countries boast about not having a class system when it’s quite obviously the elephant in every lifestyle. His experience and views of the classification of people are not only relatable but regrettably true.
From his first-hand experiences to the beliefs of Marx, Micallef takes unexpected twists and turns through the seemingly rudimentary task of brunch. From Canada to Portland, Micallef leaves no words unsaid and no pancake unturned. Brunch may seem like something you mark down on your calendar when a relative visits, but for Micallef, it was an opportunity to seek out how it affects different cultures and how such a leisurely activity has been turned into a calling card of sorts for people with an above-average income.
You don’t need to be rich to have brunch, of course—lots of people who are not so well off weigh in on how they fit brunch into their budget and lifestyle. There are even brunch clubs that exist and give strict rules on who is invited to brunch and what atmosphere is appropriate. It’s official: Micallef has proven that brunch is a true social science. While trying to maintain the middle class and bringing to light its true, beautiful being, Micallef jump starts our brains into high gear and opens our eyes to this delectable bounty we call the class system.
Devine is a published author, editor, and screenwriter. She resides in New York.