While it rained (and rained... and rained...) Saturday afternoon, I spent some time reading. My sister and I were joking that it was like we were practicing for winter - we had pork roasting in the oven, tomato sauce bubbling on the stove top, children playing board games... all we needed was the snow coming down, and it could have been December!
Anyway, on this bright, sunny Monday (thank you, sun!!) I wanted to share the link to the New York Times Magazine article Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch by Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore's Dilemma).
I admit to watching Top Chef pretty regularly, and Iron Chef and other Food Network shows once in a while. But until reading the article, I had never given much thought about how these shows are about competition and conspicuous consumption so much more than they are about cooking and enjoying food - nor had I paid much attention to what the focus on food products, food "games," and consumption (rather than creation) might say about our culture as a whole. As usual, Pollan gives us much to think about - I especially like that he ends by reminding us of the impact a "cook it yourself" philosophy can have on our health and our lives.
If you decide to read the article, I'd love to know your thoughts!!