Michael Pollan’s Recent NYT Article

First up: Michael Pollan had a doom-and-gloom article in last Sunday’s NYT Magazine predicting the extinction of cooking. I think Pollan is a terrific and persuasive writer, and I enjoyed this article, even if I think he went a bit too far in his predictions. There are a lot of people cooking, obviously, or there wouldn’t be so many food bloggers, but I think some of his points, especially linking cooking to health, are very salient. I especially enjoyed the photographs that accompanied the article, which were like anti-food styling.

Here are some responses to the article from Michael Ruhlman and Tigers and Strawberries, which are both worth reading as well.

For the record, I didn’t take Pollan’s article as sexist. I think we have to make a distinction between the historical role that women have played as home cooks, which is factual, and the cultural role that is often assigned to women. I think Pollan was referring to the historical role when he drew the link between women entering the workforce and the decline in home cooking, and he also went on to attribute the decline to other factors beyond that obvious one. Also, I never got the sense that he was advocating a return to the kitchen by women, but rather by anyone who wants to cook. Obviously, he does a lot of the cooking in his family. So I think cries of sexism may be overblown.

Beyond Pollan, here are several other recent food articles that are well worth your perusal:

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One thought on “Michael Pollan’s Recent NYT Article

  1. leigh anne 11 September 2009 at 9:54 am

    hey! i just stumbled upon your site and gotta say i really enjoy what i’m seeing πŸ™‚ ESPECIALLY after scrolling to find that you have discussed Pollan’s article. I have to admit that i was required to read several of his books as part of my undergraduate and graduate studies in nutrition but i think he’s great πŸ™‚ i am certainly thankful to the may food bloggers out there – as they are helping me gain in leaps and bounds in my quest to conquer my cooking fears – but i think its really important for more people to become aware of what exactly they are eating, where it came from, how it was raised/grown, and how it got to your plate. keep up the good bloggin – i’m gonna try that granola recipe asap πŸ™‚

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