Bringing Cooking Back to Earth

I believe these words from Micheal Pollan hit the mark.

“Nowadays only a small handful of cooking’s technologies seem within the reach of our competence. This represents not only a loss of knowledge, but a loss of a kind of power, too. And it’s entirely possible that, within another generation, cooking a meal from scratch will seem as exotic and ambitious- as ‘extreme’- as most of us today regard brewing beer or baking a loaf of bread or putting up a crock of sauerkraut.

When that happens- when we no longer have any direct personal knowledge of how these wonder creations are made- food will have become completely abstracted from its various contexts: from the labor of human hands, from the natural world of plants and animals, from imagination and culture and community. Indeed, food is already well on its way into that ether of abstraction, toward becoming mere fuel or pure image. So how might we begin to bring it back to earth?”

From “Cooked”

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