Omnivore - Dammit, Michelle, get in the kitchen
Put that organic garden to good use
A New York Times staffer, Amanda Hesser, thinks it's dandy that Michelle Obama planted an organic garden but she wants Michelle to get more savvy about cooking:
When The Washington Post asked Mrs. Obama for her favorite recipe, she replied, “You know, cooking isnt one of my huge things.” And last month, when a boy who was visiting the White House asked her if she liked to cook, she replied: “I dont miss cooking. Im just fine with other people cooking.” Though delivered lightheartedly, and by someone with a very busy schedule, the message was unmistakable: everyday cooking is a chore.
Both times Mrs. Obama missed a great opportunity to get people talking about a crucial yet neglected aspect of the food discussion: cooking. Because terrific local ingredients arent much use if people are cooking less and less; cooking is to gardening what parenting is to childbirth. Research by the NPD Group showed that Americans ate takeout meals an average of 125 times a year in 2008, up from 72 a year in 1983. And a recent U.C.L.A. study of 32 working families found that the subjects viewed cooking from scratch as a kind of rarefied hobby.