To cook or not to cook thus becomes a consequential question. Though I realize that is putting the matter a bit too bluntly. Cooking means different things at different times to different people; seldom is it an all-or-nothing proposition. Yet even to cook a few more nights a week than you already do, or to devote a Sunday to making a few meals for the week, or perhaps to try every now and again to make something you only ever expected to buy — even these modest acts will constitute a kind of a vote. A vote for what, exactly? Well, in a world where so few of us are obliged to cook at all anymore, to choose to do so is to lodge a protest against specialization — against the total rationalization of life. Against the infiltration of commercial interests into every last cranny of our lives. To cook for the pleasure of it, to devote a portion of our leisure to it, is to declare our independence from the corporations seeking to organize our every waking moment into yet another occasion for consumption.
I can get down with all that. Shamefully, though, learning how to really cook for the art and joy of it is one of those things I’ve been aiming to do for some time without ever getting around to it. A few years ago, I was planning to take some culinary classes, but this and that came up and it never happened. One of these days…
April 26, 2013 @ 4:28 pm
Man am I lucky that my mom is a good cook and taught me. I cook healthy one pot meals (spaghetti, beans and rice, lentils, etc.)a couple of times a week and have leftovers for days. It's not hard or that much work. We go out a couple of times a week, but most restaurant food has too much salt and fat, and not enough pepper and garlic.
April 26, 2013 @ 11:40 pm
I do the same with spaghetti, burritos and some rice dishes. Honestly, it's not even that I would want to make exotic dishes. It would probably be fun to take some classes, and more importantly, it might inspire me to make more of an effort at it. Right now, food tends to fit in wherever there's a spare moment.
April 29, 2013 @ 5:06 pm
Nah. Not buying it.
There is just me, so buying groceries leads to a lot of waste.
Plus…Living in multi-ethnic California, I just don't buy that I can learn all of the cuisiness that I can partake of by eating out a lot. Have you tasted the typical white suburban midwesterners' attempt to cook Mexican? or Thai? Or Indian? ROFLOL.