The title of this blog is only partially meant to be funny. But the inspiration came from writer Michael Pollan. In his book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, he differentiates between “food” and “edible food-like substances.” He states that a lot of modern eating involves these edible food-like substances: not just candy and junk food, but all of our meals. We eat processed cereals out of a box for breakfast, canned soups for lunch, and then TV dinners in the evening. Not to mention the “meal-replacement bars” that are eaten at any time of day, but are definitely no replacement for real food. And with all these processed foods, we are eating few fresh fruits and vegetables, and few whole grains, but a whole lot of sodium and corn syrup. We’ve stopped eating real food because we’ve been told that all these processed, fake substitutes are just as good. But more research is showing that they’re not, and we are paying the price with our health.
I like junk food as much as the next person (just ask my husband, Dave). I never shy away from having cookies or candy bars as evening snacks. But for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I prefer to have something made out of actual food: vegetables, whole grains, identifiable meat, etc. And a lot of the time, to get a meal made out of only “food” and not “edible food-like substances,” that means cooking from scratch. And that’s what this blog is all about. Start reading here.