I am passionate about many things. As in, to-my-core-passionate. Eating sustainable, simple foods that are organically and humanely produced is one of those passions and one of the reasons I started this blog. So I was beyond thrilled when I picked up Alice Waters' book The Art of Simple Food and found that her cooking philosophies echoed mine. I highly recommend checking it out. I'm only a few pages in and already her philosophy has hit a huge nerve.
Her good food mantra is this -
Eat locally and sustainably
Shop at farmers' markets
Plant a garden
Conserve, compost, and recycle
Remember, food is precious
I want to meet her.
I want to hug her.
But, not in a weird, creepy way.
More than anything, I want to thank her for bringing this movement to the forefront of the culinary world. Because what we eat and how that food comes to us is one of our most tangible connections to this planet. And to other people.
I think that tangible connection to others is one reason I love to cook. Of course, I love to eat, there is no doubt about that, but my views on cooking have changed drastically in the last few years. I once read an article about baking bread that completely changed the way I view cooking. I have long since forgotten where I read it or who wrote it, but I do remember that the article was written by a woman whose attitude towards baking changed when she stopped seeing it as a task of drudgery, but instead began to view it as a tangible source of love for her family and friends.
That article was seriously an epiphany for me. No kidding.
I have come to the belief that cooking is one of the most tangible ways to show that you love someone. And if that's so, I want the food I cook for myself and others to be wholesome and nourishing.
Therefore, my philosophy on cooking is much like Alice Waters' -
I try to cook the majority of all my meals
I try to use wholesome, fresh ingredients and products
I avoid processed foods as much as possible
I buy organic as much as possible
I buy locally as often as I can and am a HUGE supporter of local farmers' markets
I believe in the fair and humane treatment of animals
I limit the amount of meat that I consume
I garden as best I can so that I can have fresh, beautiful fruits, vegetables, and herbs on hand for eating and cooking (confession time - BIG learning curve since I moved to the Southwest...I am having a heck of a time learning to grow things in the desert)
I avoid artificial sweeteners and flavorings
It makes me happy to see a movement in our culture to embrace slow food and home-cooked meals. It's so much more than just a trend - our food choices nourish us, our families and friends, and support a local community of farmers and makers.
I realize that the reality of making some of these changes is difficult. Don't overwhelm yourself. Start small. Dig out your crock pot and use it a lot. Make changes that are realistic for you and your family. Find what works.
And don't think that I always follow my own "rules"....sometimes I cannot help but heed the siren's call of Krispy Kreme. Dang it.
Small steps, yes?
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