I mentioned in an earlier post that I read Michael Pollan’s Cooked.
The book has caused me to consider cooked food more. I can’t say that I have changed the frequency of my cooking, but I’m rethinking the items that I do not cook. Even though I ended up buying the book The Homemade Pantry (reviewed for Examiner here), I don’t use the recipes in it often.
With the additional information in the Pollan book — did you know that whole grain fiber in store bread often comes from soybeans rather than wheat? — I feel called to be a better homemaker. Pollan’s life was changed positively in this area as well. I think I’ll begin to examine my grocery list and decide whether it’s something I can make at home or find a “real food” that I can purchase. I knew years ago that cold breakfast cereal will always be on my grocery list, but I do make an excellent crispy granola. I don’t buy many crackers, but I know that I have a killer cheese cracker recipe. But the staple items will need some more thought.
I also started reading Salt, Sugar, Fat, and again, I feel that voting with my dollars is the best way to tell the world how I feel about our food. What is one food that you insist on making yourself?