That maven of American culture, Martha Stewart, has declared that food is fashion, grocery lists are stylish and cooking a family meal is high culture. She notices what a lot of us involved with food have noticed. Americans are falling in love again with food.
Surveys have noticed that more of us are cooking at home, and that’s a good thing. But some research is showing that many of us plan to continue cooking and eating at home after the economy improves.
In an article in the Huffington Post, Stewart notes that people are paying more attention to our food.
“While I’m as eager as anyone else for the economy to improve, I see the growing interest in learning about food and the enthusiasm for home cooking — especially since studies show that eating together improves family health and stability — as the recessionary cloud’s silver lining. I am further heartened by the increased concern about the origins of our meals — the quality of life of the animals that provide us with sustenance, and the health and environmental ramifications of our approach to food production.”
And, Stewart says, celebrity chefs are the new rock stars of our society as our interest in food grows.
“The notion that ‘you are what you eat’ extends beyond the virtues of a nutritious, well-balanced diet. These days, it often seems that you are what you purchase in the supermarket or at the farmer’s market; your grocery list is a reflection of your values and your identity.”
And I think she’s right. I belong to a group of food bloggers. There are now more than 10,000 unique blogs that are members. Many are in other countries with very different food traditions that can be exciting to explore. So, take a moment to read Martha’s article and keep cooking in The Bachelor’s Kitchen.