Why We Cook

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Happy Easter everyone!

Holiday aside, Sunday is traditionally a day for family dinners. I love to spend a little extra time in the kitchen on Sundays either prepping for the week, or experimenting. Due to geographical challenges (being on the opposite coast) I won’t be joining my family holiday gatheringĀ in Seattle. But, if I could, I would cook. And this is why, and perhaps why you cook, best captured by the brilliant Michael Pollan.

“To cook for the pleasure of it, to devote a portion of our leisure to it, is to declare our independence from the corporations seeking to organize our every working moment into yet another occasion for consumption.

Cooking has the power to transform more than plants and animals. Cooking, I’ve found, gives us the opportunity, so rare in modern life, to work directly in our support and in the support of the people we feed.

In the calculus of economics, doing so may not always be the best use of an amature cook’s time. It is beautiful even so. For is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted than preparing something delicious and nourishing for the people you love?”

– Michael Pollan, ‘Cooked’

Why do you cook? Please leave a comment below!

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