Food for Thought

multimedia_postcard-imageIf Julie and Julia gave me a hunger to get back to the kitchen, Food, Inc. gave me a stern reminder of what exactly I should be cooking in that kitchen. The movie exposes some of the undesirable truths of how and why we eat what we do. For the most part, our entire food system is controlled by a few corporate entities which are more concerned with their financial well-being than the well-being of the American consumer’s health. In many cases, these corporate giants have the backing of the FDA and the USDA.

If you haven’t seen the movie, you’re in luck. It’s surprisingly playing at a number of larger movie chains (Regal Saucon Valley) and also at Allentown’s 19th Street Theater (which I highly recommend). At times, the movie is tough to stomach, but stick with it. And if you can’t catch the film, try reading some of the intriguing related books by Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan. If there was one thing I walked away with, it’s that supporting the local farmer is by far and away one of the best things you can do for you and your family. Oh, and never, ever support Monsanto.

August 25, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Life, Love and Food

jchildsI had the pleasure of seeing Julie and Julia over the weekend. Julia Childs is such a refreshing change from today’s celebrity chefs who spend more time pitching pots and pans and building a brand than they spend in the kitchen. I admire her zest for life, her loving and supportive marriage, and her ability to find something she simply enjoys doing.  I’ve decided that despite a sweltering kitchen I will make it a point to return to my own tiny kitchen to cook, to bake, and to cultivate my own love of food. I spend far too much time and money in restaurants than I do in my own kitchen. I couldn’t wait to see the movie, but my friends and I are planning an outing to view it again. This time we will each create one of Julia’s dishes to enjoy as a pre-movie treat.

I’m also eager to return to Washington, DC to visit Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian. Imagine, a kitchen that values function over aesthetics – all with a 60s mod decor. Love it!

August 19, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.