Michael Pollan: Get Back In Kitchen! Home Cooked Meal Is “Healthy”


Michael Pollan, an American author and journalist, urges people to get back in kitchen and start cooking in his recently released Netflix series, Cooked. It is a four-part documentary series based on his book, Cooked, where he explores his kitchen, culinary skills and discovers the importance of cooking. Pollan discovers the power of four elements of nature – fire, water, air and earth – which can make the raw stuff of nature edible and palatable. In his TV series Cooked, Michael Pollan wants to bring back the healthy tradition of “cooking at home,” according to CNN. Pollan will be cooking in exotic locales and family gatherings. Pollan talks to CNN about how cooking is easier and less-time consuming, but people still feel it is a difficult task due to fast-paced lifestyle. He says, “You can make real food in 20, 30 minutes, but we’ve convinced ourselves that it is a rocket science. It’s a shame. It’s the media, and the food industry, they’ve fed our panic around time.”Like us on Facebook Pollan has always been a patron of healthy food and healthy eating habits. In his earlier book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, he argues about the dilemma of eating choices between fast food and healthy food, which impacts the global health. Healthy Eating: Celebrity Or Not, Here Are Healthy Foods You Should Eat According to CNN, half of the calories consumed by children at home nowadays come from fast food and ready-to-eat food. According to SFGATE, fast foods and restaurant foods are high in salt, fat, sugar and sodium, which could promote obesity and pose risks of heart diseases and cholesterol. In addition, food-handling and hygiene is doubtful. Cooking at home, not only improves culinary skills, but also makes one aware of flavors and the nutrition of food. In his another book, In Defense Of Food, Pollan also argues about eating habits in modern lifestyle – mindless eating in the car, in front of the TV, and alone – which again reduces the effects of nutrition. According to SFGATE, the ritual of eating meals together is healthy for family and children. After a long day, when one sits with the family for a relaxed meal-sharing day, it fosters bonding of family and brings relaxation.   Michael Pollan makes the point that cooking is easier and creative. We do not have to succumb to fast foods and ready-to-eat foods. Photo Source : Wikimedia, Pixabay