“Cooking is the great divide between good eating and bad.”
This is one of my favorite quotes from the author Barbara Kingsolver in her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She is best known for her book the Poisonwood Bible but of all her books I have read, this quote is the one that sticks with me the most.
I think about it at work when I am trying to talk with families about healthy nutrition, many of whom are unfamiliar with how to cook from scratch, lack the tools in the kitchen to prepare food that doesn’t come ready-to-eat or simply make healthy choices based on busy lives. Often because they didn’t learn from their parents or have any role models to demonstrate those skills.
And I think about it when people talk about what they eat on the trail and that many times they resort to unhealthy premade meals due to lack of time or knowledge. Or because they are simply doing what everyone else does.
“I just don’t have the time to make my own food.” “I don’t know how to cook like that.”
Cooking is a lost art.
And it is the bridge to better eating.
What do you think? Do you credit your ability to cook to healthier eating? Or, you would eat better if only you knew how to cook more kinds of foods or were able to dedicate more time to meal prep?