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Mary Beth's Blog

I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

We Are on to Something Here

2013-05-19 | 0 comments
One person at the center of my sphere of influence is Michael Pollan. Best known for his books The Omnivores Dilema, In Defense of Food and my fave, The Food Rules, he is at it again with his new book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.  His earnest yet realistic approach to food and cooking really resonates with me. As I listened to a recent interview, I was so excited! Check this out.
 
Here is an abridged synopsis of his new book from Amazon- with commentary of course;)
 
In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world – Right?!- standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook. Word.
 
…The reader learns... cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships: with plants and animals, the soil, farmers, our history and culture, and, of course, the people our cooking nourishes and delights. Cooking, above all, connects us. Amen.
 
The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. Bullseye!! In fact, Cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life. Preach, Preach!
 
During the interview, Pollan was asked how busy families, like our Real Families, can take back control of the food they eat. He suggested we are to cook simply, cook enough for more than one meal at a time and eat more vegetables –even frozen ones. WOW! Here is my hero suggesting we do exactly what we are doing! Goosebumps...
 
Listen, we are all trying to do our best. Just trying to get a healthy, good choice to the table.  We don’t all have time scratch cook every night but if we made our family's nourishment the same priority as some other things, the effects are boundless. This is exactly why we do what we do here at Real Family Real Food – provide a Plan to cook a real dinner, sit down and eat it. Period.

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