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A Bone to Pick, available in bookstores on May 5, is a collection of Bittman's op-ed pieces, written over the last five years or so. His principal focus is on the connection between food and health and on issues of food safety, federal laws concerning food production and labeling, and agribusiness. He also talks a lot about real food and home cooking (a la Michael Pollan).
While I was listening to the audiobook edition of A Bone to Pick, I was struck over and over again by Bittman's lament about how younger people (not all of you, of course) don't really know how to cook. Is it the demise of home-ec in high schools? Or is it the power of fast-food advertising? (Bittman has things to say about this.)
Regardless of the cause, the idea made a strong impression on me because I was in the middle of my busiest season, and yet in the six weeks I worked every single day, I think we had take-out only three times and almost no processed foods.
I don't say this to be holier than thou or to brag. Instead I'm interested in starting a conversation.
First, I think I need to point out how I'm likely different from you:
- I work at home.
- I don't have to feed children.
- My husband is easygoing about what time we eat.
- I have been cooking for many years.
Although I didn't bother take photographs (the photos are from random meals in my files), I decided to track our dinners for a week to see how much real food I served and to get an idea of what we eat when I'm crazy busy.
- Sunday: grilled salmon, tossed salad, braised endive
- Monday: roasted chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, tossed salad
- Tuesday: leftovers
- Wednesday: pasta with a light tomato sauce, asparagus, tossed salad
- Thursday: lentil soup with broccoli rabe and various other veggies
- Friday: leftovers
- Saturday: risotto with asparagus
So what do you think? Could you have a week like this? Am I nuts? What if you moved the roasted chicken to the weekend?
Is it possible to eat real food, made at home, every night? It is for me, but what's it like for those of you who commute to work or who have young children or who need to juggle their kids' after-school activities? Can you do it? Do you even want to try? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Note: My audiobook review of this title will be published by AudioFile magazine.
Published by Crown / Pam Krauss Books, May 5, 2015
Source: Review (audio) (see review policy)
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