AT on ... The Lost Art of Cooking?

AT on ... The Lost Art of Cooking?

This week, I'm spending some quality time with the fam in Southern California. When I'm home visiting my parents, I spend most of my day doing two things: cooking with my mom and watching the Food Network with my mom. And to be honest, we probably spend more time watching Bobby Flay grill than we do actually standing over the stove. It's people like us who are making Michael Pollan nervous ...

This weekend, Pollan's piece in the New York Times Magazine "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch," is all about this crazy new phenomenon: People are watching TV shows and movies about cooking with more and more frequency ... but they're actually cooking less. Does this ring true to you? I'm not quite sure that I'm actually cooking less, but I am certainly watching more cooking-related TV (Top Chef, anyone?).

"It has been easier for us to give up cooking than it has been to give up talking about it — and watching it." writes Pollan.

In my home, we have cooking goals. When we shop on the weekend, we plan out the breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week. We shoot for 5 dinners, 5 lunches, and 5 breakfasts — what happens on the weekend is left up to chance. So, our goal is always to cook at home during the week. We don't always succeed (sometimes we order out, sometimes a frozen pizza makes its way into the oven) but we try.

How do you approach cooking at home? Are you doing more or less of it these days?

Read Pollan's totally fascinating article here.

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