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  • I enjoyed Pollan’s article too, and I agree with you wholeheartedly. The great thing about Julia Child was that she embraced failure, which is a lesson I try to apply to a lot of what I do in my own life. I do enjoy watching Top Chef, but I usually watch it on my laptop while I’m cooking something myself! I would get bored otherwise 🙂

    1. Thanks J. I love your blog name! I’ve only recently learned that Julia Child has this awesome message behind her cooking, the idea of not being afraid to try new things for fear of failure.
      I watch Top Chef too, and some Food Network shows as well (but not Iron Chef). I learn a lot from them. I’m sure you understand that my point isn’t that you shouldn’t ever watch TV. It’s that you shouldn’t JUST watch TV.

  • I find it really sad that so many people equate opening a box of hamburger helper with cooking. And that so many say “I don’t cook” as if it were a badge of honor, cooking is menial labor and therefore beneath them.
    I have never viewed cooking as a male or female job- everyone eats and should know how to prepare healthy food.

  • I couldn’t have said it better myself! I read that article when it came out in the magazine a couple weeks ago. I am not a crazy gourmet cook, but since I became a vegetarian I had to step it up and start cooking for myself. I must say, over the years I’ve gotten much more creative–mostly out of necessity. I’ve had some wicked kitchen failures, but many more successes. Thanks for the article review!!
    .-= Allie Katie´s last blog ..Weekend wrap up!! =-.

    1. Hey Allie, same for me about cooking more out of necessity since becoming vegetarian. I cooked a lot before that too, but when you’re vegetarian, it’s not as easy to just order take out or eat a quick frozen meal. If you’re not cooking your own food, you’re eating junk or unsubstantial food a lot of the time. Plus, I’ve really enjoyed the variety in my cooking that being vegetarian has forced me to add!

  • Men cook only 13% of the few meals that are cooked at home these days, women the other 87%. This is funny, because in my house I cook the 87%. But I do only 13% of the lawn-moving; that’s Erin’s job. Some friends of mine found this fact hilarious the other day. What do you think? Weird?

    I cook probably 87% of the time, down from about 95% of the time since my Erin graduated law school. Once things settle down my cooking will probably go down to only 80-85% of the time, ha ha ha!
    As for mowing the lawn, I do that 100% of the time. Which means that when I got out there on Saturday night, the grass was really long as I hadn’t mowed it since I broke my foot a few weeks ago.
    .-= Blaine Moore´s last blog ..IAAF Removes The “Free False Start” Rule Starting in 2010 =-.

    1. Blaine, that’s funny about grass. It sounds like our house, when Erin gets really busy. You’d think I’d step up and do it myself, but I have some sort of strange blinders that prevent me from even noticing that the backyard looks like a jungle.

  • Ugh! Hope you feel better fast! I agree..everyone needs to be spending more time in the kitchen cooking healthy meals! I cook probably 99.8% of what comes out of the kitchen and I love it 🙂 I want to mow the lawn too but our lawn mower is ancient and Josh is nervous its going to hurt someone one day haha
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..An Unfortunate Incident…. =-.

  • Since I embarked on this journey to health I’ve become a serious proponent for home-cooking. I used to equate cooking with drudgery, but it’s become an act of love and I enjoy taking care of myself and my husband in this way. I’m also becoming more and more adventurous and inventive in the kitchen.
    Cooking is a way of taking food back from the food industry. Having read “Fast Food Nation”, “The Food Revolution” and now “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” (which I’m busy with at the moment), I know that my health is in my hands.
    Today is my 8th day raw (out of 21) and I can confirm that raw food digests easier than cooked food! My body is reveling in the raw food!
    Hope you feel better soon!

    1. Hanlie, cooking is great isn’t it? I’ve found that spending a Sunday afternoon in the kitchen is such a therapeutic thing. And spending a lot of time and attention on food that you’re going to share with someone you love just makes it that much better.
      I’m glad to hear that the raw food is working for you. Pollan says the thing about cooking making foods easier to digest in Omnivore’s Dilemma too, I just don’t get it. I wonder if he responds to emails.

  • Two thoughts come to mind after reading your post today…
    1. Last week, Joel and I noticed that 3 NMA recipes made it onto our weekly menu…and 2 out of 3 were favorite repeats. We’ve not set out to become vegetarians but we are really pleased at how we’ve changed our views around dinner…the “meat, starch, veggie” rut is out the window and it’s made our meal planning more enjoyable and diverse. BTW – 3 NMA recipes are in this week’s rotation too!
    2. I do enjoy some of the cooking shows and have been watching Top Chef Master’s. The episode from 2 weeks ago included a vegan cooking challenge. On top of that, there were soy and other allergies/restrictions. I was honestly bothered by the judges’ comments…it was as if they felt sorry for the vegans and what “must have been” such restricted meal options. It was like they were praising the chefs for serving up meal choices the vegan dieters would never think of on their own. I never noticed the “meat bias” as much as I did in that episode.
    Anyway, enough ranting for me!! I will end here saying that we love our NMA shirts…if you don’t have one…get one!! Oh, and PS, Joel does most of our cooking too…thank goodness he likes it because he is always home first:)

    1. Colleen, that is so awesome that you guys are eating lots of meatless meals. I think making meat a once-every-few-meals thing is such a smarter (not to mention more environmentally-friendly) way of eating than the “square meal” idea that you mention.
      I like the cooking shows too; I hope people didn’t think I was saying you should never watch them! I just meant don’t watch them INSTEAD of cooking. I missed that Top Chef though; I just haven’t really liked the Masters season. I would like to see that one though to see what you mean. As much as they show reruns, I’m sure I’ll catch it sometime!
      Glad you like your shirts 🙂

  • I’m in the middle of reading In Defense Of Food, and the message that’s hitting me is the one he portrays using margarine and how it can be changed in a lab to give the consumer what they want. Of course we can put all these extra stuff that are “good for us” into the foods we eat, hoping that it doesn’t turn out like how hydrogenated oils did, but should we really be? When I buy something in the store, my first question is if all the ingredients are natural. But then I see how many of the ingredients are really needed. Obviously you need wheat and yeast and salt and baking soda and water to make bread, but some even natural breads have laundry list ingredient lists that I prefer to stay clear from.
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Starting Off With A Smile =-.

    1. Hey Evan, great point about putting extra stuff in food. Another thing is that so often, our bodies don’t absorb the extra stuff that scientists cram into foods. It’s like they know that it doesn’t belong in there. There’s so much more to food than reductionist science tells us by looking only at what happens when you change a single variable. There’s something about the wholeness of a food that is not to be messed with.

  • Matt, you rock my friend. One life to live and no one is going to it for you but yourself. It’s amazing how things happen once you step one foot in the direction of a true passion. Sweet post!
    .-= Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn´s last blog ..Running Locals Crazy =-.

  • Yes, it’s true that we ought to DO things rather than say we’re going to do things. I think it’s also important to stick with it when we make the choice to do something, too.
    I really adore Michael Pollan.
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..I make bread. =-.

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