Were We Always Like This?

IMG_3154Standing in line at the grocery store I was taken by the selection of magazines on offer. Magazines in grocery stores used to either be aspirational cooking magazines like Gourmet or Food & Wine or they were Reader’s Digest sort of women’s magazines.

There are still a few high-end cooking magazines for sale like Donna Hay and Saveur  though it seems like they have taken a back seat to magazines focusing on food phobias. A characterization I know that people who are Vegan, Gluten free, Paleo or whatever might not appreciate, I mean no disrespect, it’s a free country and all and if you do have gluten intolerance or a nut allergy obviously you need to avoid the foods that makes you sick, but it seems to me we have moved way beyond this.

I think they are food phobias because the way food is “made” now is drastically different from it was 40 years ago.  Foods that used to be benign like say Meat (cattle raised cows versus factory meat) or Flour (stone ground and local to bleached powder that has to have added nutrients and often comes from China or other far off lands) has now become poison to people.  Not in their heads poison actual to their person poison. Toxic is maybe a better word.

Making a life style choice to eat in a certain way so you feel healthier is a good thing.  I just can’t help but wonder: how can we have gone so wrong in the way we produce food that the number of people who get sick from it have had to faction off into groups purporting the benefits of not eating any animal products or trying to replicate the dining habits of Cave people?  IMG_3157Instead of Vegan or Raw Food or Paleo it seems maybe should have magazines like: Fast Food Free!  People for the Elimination of Processed Foods, Only Foods I Can Pronounce (Recipes included), Living Microwave Free…IMG_3158IMG_3159If you made it this far here is Michael Pollan on the Paleo diet:

Thoughts?  You know I’d love to hear them.

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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2 Responses to Were We Always Like This?

  1. reelcharlie says:

    If by grocery store, you mean Whole Foods, mine in CT has the same magazines. I think the people who shop at Whole Foods, at least a decent percentage of them are a big part of this demographic. The local health food store has the same types of magazines and products. You still find the old-fashioned magazines at our “regular” grocery store, Stop and Shop.

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