Thoughts By Natalie

On Cooking at Home


Let me start by saying this: I really hate to cook. I used to love it, probably because it was a way my dad and I bonded before I got married, but in my mid-to-late 20s it’s become one of my least favorite activities. I always say that if I could eat out for every single meal, I would gladly do so. I, of course, make pretty healthy choices when I eat out, often getting rice and veggie bowls or salads or sushi. But after watching Michael Pollan’s documentary series, Cooked, this week while recovering from a sore throat, I’m feeling sort of convicted health-wise. 

The basic premise? Cooking is part of what makes us human, and truly the best choice we can make for our health. The series explores the origins of cooking from the perspective of the four natural elements: fire, water, air and earth. It’s about the way food connects us all as human beings an urges us to abandon processed modern food in favor of home-cooked meals.

Here’s a peek at the trailer—definitely a series worth watching! (Although, confession: I didn’t watch the first part on “fire” (aka meat)! Too gross sounding for me, haha.)

Do you like to cook? Have you watched this series yet (or read the book)?

Image via Netflix

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    April 11, 2016 at 6:06 am

    I loved the series. The “Fire” episode wasn’t too gross (I only had to look away once or twice), and actually promoted veganism quite a bit as well.

    My favourite takeaway from Cooked was to eat what you want to eat, but cook it. If you are craving a big slice of apple pie, then eat it! But cook it first… you’ll appreciate the hours that go into it, enjoy it that much more, not overinduldge, and it will be free of added preservatives. What a great way to live and to teach our children about appreciating food.

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      Natalie Borton
      April 11, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Good to know! Maybe I’ll give the “fire” episode a watch this week :)

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    April 11, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I LOVED this series, it’s so good. I hope it gets you excited about cooking again! I find that when I don’t really feel like cooking it’s actually more about how much time it takes and not at all about how much I like doing it. Since everything these days is about instant gratification, it’s hard to slow down and take the time to prepare food from scratch. I’ve actually been practicing the art of cooking more since watching the series. It has helped me become more patient and work mindfully – almost like my own form of meditation. I’d love to hear where you go with cooking next!

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    April 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I actually just started watching it last night! VERY interesting!

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    April 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I’m surprised that you are not into cooking at home since you have blogged about making a weekly menu and seem to have some great cookbooks.

    This series, and pretty much all of his writing/documentaries really speak to the minimalist culture. It’s all about the quality of the food, the experience you have creating a meal and the appreciation of sharing your creativity and time with others.

    His mantra “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” has really stuck with me as I think about cooking and eating in general. When you have quality ingredients and an understanding of the time and effort it takes to utilize them, cooking becomes more than getting food on the table in time for dinner.

    That being said, I have a five month old son so my ability to source ingredients and make elaborate meals every night has been put on hold. For now he sits in his bumbo on the counter and watches me eat prep and cook and someday he’ll get to help!

    Do you think your appreciation for cooking will reemerge when your son can participate?

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