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Peel Me a Carrot

Cooking in a No-Cook Culture
I suppose I should not have been shocked to read what a well-known dietitian said recently, “Expecting busy family members to stop and peel a carrot is unrealistic.” After all, millions of people in this country value speed over flavor. Cooking, even the simple peeling of a carrot, is seen as a waste of time. I would argue loudly, (do you hear me shouting yet?), that eating is much more important than putting food into a stomach swiftly. Food is nourishment for the body and the spirit, an expression of love and culture, a place away from hurry. But if a dietitian won't rouse us to peel a carrot, what hope is there that we will ever cook dinner?

In Favor of Flavor
What is the speedy alternative to peeling a carrot for your snack? Bland, woody, pre-peeled baby carrots? An energy bar? The adjective “woody” springs to mind again. To feeling satisfied and nourished by food, flavor is everything. Texture is everything. In our desire for the quick and easy, we have learned to do without pleasure. Think about a fresh, sweet, crunchy carrot. You could have one in just 20 seconds.

The Joy of Cooking
Cooking is a playful, sensual joy. It is an indulgence, not a chore. Just making a salad arouses all the senses. Lettuce leaves feel soft yet crisp in my hands. The pungent, warm smell of garlic hypnotizes me as I chop. I hear the rhythmic sound of the pepper grinder. I admire the deep green of the salad in my brown bowl. The flavor is the culmination of all those good things.

Making dinner after a hard day calms and relaxes me. My husband and daughter move in and out of the kitchen, finishing homework, making phone calls, and setting the table, as they soak in the good smells and anticipate the dinner to come. Eating together is a thrill; we talk and laugh, enjoy our food and giggle about the burned potatoes. Cooking at home preserves family recipes and culture and passes them on to our daughter. Cooking gives me a feeling of confidence and self-reliance that comes from the satisfaction of nourishing a family.

Make a Mess
Peanut butter is now sold presliced. You just slap it on bread like American cheese. The manufacturers say “Kids can make their own peanut butter sandwiches without making a mess.” Hey! I am shouting again. What about getting a big glob of peanut butter on your knife, spreading it on thick, and sticking your finger in for a taste? Life is messy. Cooking is messy. Peanut butter is messy. Let's keep it that way.

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