Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year's Food Resolutions

As we have turned the page to a new calendar year, a variety of cooking and food websites have asked of their readers, or suggested to them, their resolutions for personal growth in the kitchen and at the table. In the spirit of this blog, I have my come up with my own conscientous cooking goals -- along with strategies to acocmplish them -- for 2010. The full list is after the jump.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Food for thought

What's your food philosophy? How do you connect your personal values the practical question of what to make for dinner?

Others have asked this question and come to a variety of answers. For one example, in his recent mini-book "Food Rules," journalist Michael Pollan outlines a series of quippy pieces of advice about what (and mostly, what not) to eat that expands upon his earlier advice to“Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much." Similarly, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman’s Food Matters , offers recipes and menus (perhaps more useful than sloganeering) to achieve similar ends. But these authors have already taken a first, more fundamental step most of us have not: considering how food choices we make are connected to the various social, moral, economic, and cultural values and goals we hold more generally. No matter what values you hold, it is this first step that is most essential.

To that end, I propose this broader food philosophy: Think before you eat.

What does this mean? (More after the jump)