Standing 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? Instead 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…If you made it this far here is Michael Pollan on the Paleo diet:
Thoughts? You know I’d love to hear them.