Eat Anything You Want; Just Cook It Yourself

Michael Pollan has done it again. Reading his In Defense of Food changed our lives (and eating habits) forever. Now he has a new book out called Cooked, and I just downloaded it to my Kindle.

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I love Michael Pollan because he’s not an extremist, he’s not melodramatic, and he doesn’t try to generate a frenzy with alarming headlines. He does his research and explains his findings reasonably and articulately.

This video is SO worth the 20 minutes out of your day.

The basic premise is this: “Eat anything you want; just cook it yourself.”

He points out that “when we let industry cook for us, special occasion foods become everyday foods.” He is so right. This is exactly what has happened to us as a culture.

If I have to go to the trouble to make a pie or a homemade biscuit or a batch of french fries, I’m only going to do that a few times a year. But if I can buy a biscuit or a pie or a carton of fries in a matter of minutes, I’m going to eat it as often as I can. Thus the health epidemic we have on our hands.

Not to mention the fact that if I make food at home, I will at least be making my fattening treats with basic whole ingredients. But if you buy them, they are loaded with chemicals and preservatives and artificial crap.

Another takeaway: The goal of marketing is to “create an anxiety; solve a problem” — which of course is usually to sell you something you don’t need. The food industry has made a fortune doing this (at our expense, no less) and as a result, so has the healthcare industry.

Finally, this. “In America, 75% of healthcare spending is on chronic diseases, most of which is linked to diet.”

Ouch.

There is SO much more. Just watch. Then download Cooked to your Kindle.

I’m hoping that reading Cooked will renew my passion for making food from scratch because I will be the first to admit, I’ve been letting more and more processed crap sneak into our pantry. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!