Cravability and Snackability

Michael Pollen narrates this Monty Python-esque animated short about nutrition that talks about how (spoiler alert) if you want to eat junk food, it’s best if you make it at home.

It reminds me of when I used to work at the Food Network I heard this statistic, that may be apocryphal, but I believe, which is that we now live in a time when more people watch cooking shows than ever before and yet fewer people cook than ever before.

I find it ridiculous when people say:  I don’t have the time to cook.

It’s like saying you don’t have the time to go to the bathroom, or have sex or sleep…I mean it is essential!  You don’t have time to make yourself food which fuels your existence?

Sure you can order in and by the time you place the order, wait for it to arrive at your place and eat it you could have easily prepared a simple meal for yourself,  saved yourself money and eaten something that was better for you.  Going to a restaurant is the same deal.  The time it takes to get to a restaurant, order, eat and come home is the same amount of time it would have taken you to put a chicken and some potatoes into the oven.  So what gives?  Watch the video 😉

And don’t get me wrong I love eating out, but not always.  It’s an occasional treat not a daily routine.

It does perplex me: how is it we find ourselves in a cultural that thinks one of the primary things humans need to do is too much of a bother it’s best left for someone else to do?

Sorry, can you tell I feel strongly about this?  I’ll shut up now.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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3 Responses to Cravability and Snackability

  1. Pingback: RSA Shorts – How Cooking Can Change Your Life (short – Urban Food Guy) | Reel Charlie

  2. Leslie-Anne says:

    It’s very satisfying to make homemade soup. It doesn’t take long, it’s easy to do and there is lots of variety. The crockpot makes it even easier. Also, it makes for good lunches to take to work. It’s my favourite thing to cook at home.

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