I get excited about food – food that doesn’t come in plastic packages, preservative-infused boxes or hermetically sealed bags. Food that we can make in our own kitchens, and that showcases classic and modern flavors.
Many of us have access to so much cheap food, and we still don’t know what to eat! Trying to wade through all of our options is tough with all the latest and greatest diets (Gluten-free? Paleo? Gluten-free Paleo?), grocery stores full of “edible non-food products” and conflicting science and pseudo-science.
In so many ways, our “advanced” food supply system is inefficient and dangerous. For example, industrial farms produce crop after crop of the same grain year after year – to feed a lot of valuable calories to concentrated animal feeding operations. These meat factories convert the grain and a massive amount of water into a fraction of the calories for humans, creating tons of air and water pollution along the way. (Curious? Click here to see how much waste your state’s agriculture sector dumps in your water.)
Meanwhile, small farmers who take pride in their sustainable practices struggle to make a decent living. And many people in the world – even in North America – don’t have access to enough food, never mind enough reasonably-priced healthy food.
I think we are putting future generations at risk by focusing on monoculture, depleting and poisoning our soil and water, and disregarding the well-being of every life – human and otherwise – involved in supplying our food.
However, I know that being conscious about what I eat, where my ingredients come from and being restrictive is not sustainable for me if my food isn’t delicious.
If you are still with me, you probably agree the world doesn’t need another candy-bar smoothie recipe. The world doesn’t need more haute vegan restaurants. The world doesn’t need more green protein powder, organic purple carrots or instant diet cereal.
The world DOES need more people to practice and preach about deliciously conscious food made with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. Healthy food that our families love. Food that tickles your taste buds. And doesn’t take Ph.D. in cooking to make.
I want to be one of those people.
I want to help you feel the joy that comes from creating and eating yummy, healthy food. If I can also convince you to help the world even just a little bit by thinking about some of your food choices, I will be ecstatic. Even if I just make you smile or laugh, then this will all be worthwhile. I hope you’ll let me be your companion on this journey.