These days there are a lot of books and documentaries highlighting the evils of the North American, fast food diet. The food channel and celebrity chefs have made cooking fashionable again…or have they.
On my recent visit to the U.S. I found myself in one of those big box food stores, and decided to take note of people’s shopping carts to see what they were buying. I have to admit, I have a fixation with checking out what people buy in the grocery store. My observations disturbed me, and as you’ll see from the photos, there were very few fresh fruits and vegetables and mostly processed, boxed meals. It’s a shame, because not only is this diet unhealthy but I believe North Americans are losing the ability to cook from scratch. Many people are missing out on the pleasure cooking for friends and family brings, not to mention the added expense of those processed meals.
“I believe North Americans are losing the ability to cook from scratch.”
I’ll admit I’m a little obsessed, I make almost everything from scratch, bread, pasta, salad dressing, granola, etc. etc. and we eat very well AND inexpensively. I track my food expenses and my wife and I eat for, on average, $50 per week. If that’s not compelling enough for you to try cooking from scratch I don’t know what is. This is my first installment of “what’s in your basket?” stay tuned for the next one in the weeks to come.