Make time for food

The fine folks at Lifehacker have provided a link to Michael Pollan's Twelve Commandments for Serious Eaters. Among them:

9. Eat food from animals that eat grass.
10. Cook, and if you can, grow some of your own food.
11. Eat meals and eat them only at tables.

Interesting to note that Lifehacker's Kevin Purdy bemoans (however briefly) the time it takes to cook. This is nonsense. I get home from work most days and cook for my wife and daughter. One, I love to be in the kitchen. iPod playing my favorite music (The Clash's "London Calling" is about the best vegetable chopping music there is) and fresh ingredients on the counter in front of me. It's my home, and it's comfortable, and I can get all my food from fridge to table in about 40 minutes. Couple that with a nice, sit-down meal with people you love? Who wouldn't make time for that? Two, I've learned (however slowly) to cook, to experiment, and not be afraid of food. One day I just gave myself permission to mess it up, and it worked. I became more confident in my cooking and a better cook as a result.

I think it's interesting that so many people say they don't have time for this, or they don't have time for that. You will make time for the things important to you. If you want to eat better, live better, lose weight, or whatever other weird resolution you made to yourself this year, just make it important to you. Turn off Adult Swim. You've seen those episodes of Family Guy a dozen times anyway. Cook. Eat. Enjoy.

1 comment:

vanessa vichit-vadakan said...

nice. it's good to be reminded of these points.