Understanding the Importance of Home Cooking

A home cooked meal is a labour of love

Cooking is, without a doubt, one of the most important skills a person can ever learn and share. Once someone has that knowledge, that’s it – they’re set for life. – Jamie Oliver

We’re losing our palates to our industrialized food system. Not so long ago, herbs and spices and sugar were used to enhance the flavour in our food. But in recent decades our taste buds have been corrupted through the use of cheap chemicals and corn syrup to fill that role. We’ve forgotten how wonderfully delicious fresh food tastes as we’ve become acclimated to food that’s polluted with preservatives. The more you cook, the more you’ll learn that sustainable, local ingredients just taste better. Let the food do some of the work for you.

If the good food movement is to succeed, it will be through our children. Invite them to participate in cooking. Kids love to “play” in the kitchen and there are dozens of ways they can be involved — from reading a recipe to washing produce to mixing ingredients to decorating cookies. Take kids shopping at farmers’ markets so they can see where those ingredients come from that they’ll be preparing later on. Even better, take them to a farm so they can follow the trail from the beginning! They will learn by example and in a generation, healthy, sustainable home cooking will once again be the norm and not the exception.