I’m announcing a fun, new family game, but first I want to tell you a story, so settle yourself down for a second.
Once upon a time, there was a young Yale student who had been given one of the best educations available in the western world. As he was about to head off to live on his own, this strapping young athlete stood chatting with his mother in the family kitchen. He turned to her and, pointing to the can of tunafish in his hand, said, “So how long do I need to cook this before it’s done?” This is a true story, and a worrying one. I hear stories like this all the time: last week the mother of a college-age daughter relayed that her daughter had called to ask how to turn the pancake batter in the fridge into pancakes. Another well-educated young woman thought that mashed potatoes came from a box.
We are raising an amazing generation of young people. They can find anything on the Internet, compete in triathalons, design websites, create apps, compose sophisticated dance music, speak multiple languages, start non-profits, ace their ACT’s and build houses in Haiti. What many of them haven’t yet learned is how to perform one of the tasks most essential to human survival — make themselves a meal that will nourish their body, mind and spirit.
People who cook their own food are living healthier, happier lives. Earlier this year, food journalist Michael Pollan told The New York Times, “We need public health ad campaigns promoting home cooking as the single best thing you can do for your family’s health and well-being.”
The problem is that learning to cook, like learning your multiplication tables, learning to play lacrosse or learning to swim, takes coaching, practice and patience. It can also make a big mess. But it is worth it! It is time to bring the children into the kitchen.
To that end, Good Food Naturally is sponsoring the first annual
Summer Family Cooking Games
Here are the ground rules: Read more