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Re "Cooked" by Michael Pollan

Querencia | Jan 20, 201508:39 AM     12

A CH poster mentioned this book; sounded interesting so I bought and read it. Any interest here in discussion? Pollan's basic idea is that we disparage the act of cooking and that we would be more humanized if we did not---in earlier times we delegated cooking to servants (and to lower-status women) and now we do the same but to industry, relying heavily on commercially prepared foods. I am interested in attitudes toward cooking. For example, on HGTV when current people inspect a prospective new home, they often state their intention that cooking will be primarily a social activity---I would say that more than half the time, house-shoppers speak of "entertaining" or "friends" when they view a kitchen. This is a change from past generations, when cooking was seen as a routine part of daily housekeeping. These two positions are not antithetical---everyday cooking is for Stouffer's, and the cooking we embrace is party-time. Thoughts?

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