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2008.02.06

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illahee

good points all around. i personally plan on teaching my kids to cook, especially since i will be going back to work in a few years.

my husband's company has been a bit justified by the contaminated foods scare. they make ao-jiru. the kale is grown by local farmers and chemical fertilizers and pesticides are prohibited. it makes the juice expensive, but pretty safe. but i think the anti-china sentiment has gotten a bit out of hand.

elarael

Very well said. I hope some sort of balance establishes itself because home-cooked meals are simply invaluable on so many levels. Perhaps someone should start a cooking show for men? I think it could be both hilarious and helpful!

Dana Koyama

I am teaching my 8 year old boy how to cook. Everyone needs to know! Making a home cooked, unprocessed meal is the best way for your health. Finding the time is hard for many people, but if you consider how much time we loose by being sick, overweight and just plain dying early, it should be made a priority!

Kat

I totally agree with you!

Amy

Illahee, I can only hope that this food scare convinces people that cheap food is not always a good thing. If people were also moved to buy locally grown organic food, so much the better.
Excellent point about teaching kids how to cook. Children at home who can't cook are obviously ubable to help their mothers, and when they grow up and get married are far more likely to turn to cheap convenience foods. Sadly though fewer mothers bother to teach their kids this essential skill: amoung the many middle-aged women I teach, only one has taught her children to cook (and she's a cooking teacher married to a professional chef).

Elarael, there are occasionally shows aimed at men, some of them serious and some of them meant to be funny. The trouble is, men's cooking, as depicted on TV, tends to be a big production, requiring a lot of fuss. There isn't much encouragement for men to help out regularly with normal food.

Dana, I totally agree with you. And good for you for teaching your boy how to cook!

Thanks Kat!

Vanessa

I agree with you that people need to start learning that simpler meals are okay. I think that the traditional Japanese meals with lots of sides are wonderful, and that people should still know how to do that, but it's not so bad to make it a special holiday meal or even a weekend meal.

I cook for my husband and a Korean exchange student who lives with us almost every weeknight. We all get a little lazy on the weekends, but that usually means scrounging for sandwiches and things like that. I generally try to cook all in one meals, or meals with only a couple of dishes. I do rely on some conveniences, such as curry-roux bricks, but at least the meat and vegetables are fresh.

Our Korean student said that her family rarely cooks and eats at home together since her grandmother died. Her mom works and is too busy to prepare the traditional Korean meals. I just think that it's so much better to have a few minutes to sit down together and eat home cooked food than it would be to give up all together because I didn't have time to prepare elaborate meals.

I've also noticed that even though American cooking isn't as complicated as most Asian style cooking, Americans still tend to think it's easier to go out to eat, or to go get fast food. I've come to realize that it takes just as much time to drive somewhere to get food as it does to prepare a simple meal at home.

And one last note - I am lucky to have a husband who will help out when I ask for it. And most nights, the kitchen is cleaned up after dinner for me by the other people in the house. This definitely makes things a lot easier for a working woman.

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