Sunday, August 02, 2009

Cooking as Spectacle

The demands of the industrial food system have redefined "cooking" and the Food Network is turning it into a spectator sport... Nothing new. Michael Pollan says this will ruin us--his song for some time now--and he is probably right. "The skills are already lost. Who is going to teach the next generation how to cook?" And his recipe to cure us? Right from Hippocrates, paraphrased by the Food Network:

I have the diet for you. It’s short, and it’s simple. Here’s my diet plan: Cook it yourself. That’s it. Eat anything you want — just as long as you’re willing to cook it yourself.

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