As a dietitian, I have always felt that it is imperative to be able to know how to cook, and to explain/show others how to made delicious meals…mostly because the skill of cooking is being lost and being replaced with eating from a box or a package.
Even when I moved in with husband, he would complain that we had “no food” in the house…only ingredients. His idea of food was anything in a box, can or jar. Is cooking really about opening a box and a jar and then nuking it? I don’t think so.
If health professional’s are going to make a dent in preventing chronic disease, we have to get people back home (out of restaurants) cooking in the kitchen, and enjoying meals at the dinner table (not in front of the T.V., iPad or cellphone).
Now I am not saying that we all have to go out and start making our own pasta, but essentially we should be trying to prioritize meal planning, and cooking around purchasing whole ingredients (as close to how they came from the farm as possible), and stop relying on food or “food like substance” that comes from boxes, jars, packages or cans.
Unfortunately, cooking skills are being lost or not even taught at home any more…and my biggest pet peeve is how the food network on T.V. has moved towards reality T.V. verses actually “how-to” cooking. I bring up the food network because I have to admit, that is how I learned to cook. My father did most of the cooking when I grew up, but he learned from the Food Network too. It was always on after school, and that is where dinnertime inspiration came from.
So at the end of the day, my kids are going to know how to cook…they may not like to, but they darn well will know how too. Is 20 months too young to start teaching cooking in the kitchen? I don’t know, you tell me?
Hope you enjoy the pics of me teaching my little one how to make pasta.