Saturday, July 18, 2009

Taking up the Cudgels

Writing an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Amanda Hesser takes Michelle Obama to task for saying, “I don’t miss cooking. I’m just fine with other people cooking.” She has some faint praise
for the White House organic garden, but is really ticked off by the idea (out of her own head, as far as I can tell) that Ms. Obama thinks cooking isn't worth doing. Worse yet, she goes on to say, "Because terrific local ingredients aren’t much use if people are cooking less and less; cooking is to gardening what parenting is to childbirth."
I sympathize with Ms. Hesser's motivations, but she's working from total cluelessness. There are two reasons we don't go to New York City to get advice on gardening. One is that they publish ungrammatical sentence fragments. The other is that the whole island of Manhattan is a terrarium, disconnected from life and nature. Ms. Hesser was writing on May 31, the beginning of a four-month period when cooking is totally optional. The garden outside my window is going gangbusters, and not a single thing in it needs to be cooked. She should check out some raw food blogs, or talk to some of these people.
For example, this is what I've had for dinner two nights this week:
2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bell pepper, diced
sprinkling of red wine vinegar
freshly-ground salt and pepper
Mix in a bowl. Eat on the porch, with a big glass of iced tea. (Or a small glass of chianti, if you don't have work to do after dinner.)
Total preparation time, maybe 7-8 minutes picking the vegetables, plus another 5 minutes washing and chopping. No cooking involved. No threat to the stability of the Nation.
p.s. The title of this post is taken from a piece by Robert Benchley, which is one of the funniest science articles ever written.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you on the raw foods, and I eat many of the same things you do, especially tomatoes and red bell peppers. I also eat a lot of avocados, celery, and even a few pecans. I just chop all those things up and have a big bowl of delicious high-fiber low-carb low-calorie salad.