In the April 22nd issue of New York Magazine resident food critic Adam Platt interviews Michael Pollan whose new book Cooked is being released in the coming weeks. Pollan will be speaking in NYC at Barnes and Nobles tomorrow (April 23rd).
The interview is great, in no small part because Adam Platt is a restaurant critic who eats out all the time and Micheal Pollan lives in quiet Berkeley and has a garden and mostly eats at home food that he has cooked. The interplay between them is lively with lots of interesting and informative give and take.
Near the end of the interview Platt asks:
Do you think there are too many of them (restaurants) around? Sometimes it feels like half the city is restaurants
Pollan is insanely level headed to my mind, alway suggesting a plan of attack then being very understanding about how it’s hard in a small NYC kitchen to cook. Here’s what he says near the end of his answer:
..But the collapse of home cooking is limiting for the food movement. As I watched this local agriculture movement get started, I realized that farmers’ – market movement was only going to go so far if people refused to cook.
Cooking: all is for not if we do not support farmers by buying their goods and coming home and making dinner with them.
Obviously in New York City restaurants are buying a significant amount of produce from the farmers’ market – but in order for farmers, and by extension the planet, to thrive and for the system to change from large multinational corporations owning our food system to putting it back in the hands of the people – we need to cook.
This blog is mostly motivated by my desire to get you folks excited about cooking and to prove that if I can do it anyone can and should do it.
The picture above is of our new favorite meal – it’s a Parsnip and Potato Latka with a fried egg, scallions and Lamb Bacon. Neil keeps kosher so real bacon isn’t an option (yet) so when I saw Lamb Bacon at Catskill Merino farm stand I had to try some and boy are we glad I did! My point here is simply that not only can you support farmers and make delicious meals from all the wonderful things you can buy at the market but you can also discover new and tasty foods you could never had imagined if you had just ordered in.
Happy Earth Day.