I was one of the speakers Sunday at TEDxSeattle, giving voice, for the first time, to what I’ve learned these last 2+ years of focus on local eating.
You will see that there are many echoes of Your Money or Your Life. Not just the frugality meets farmers part, but that I came to question assumptions I didn’t even know I had about food, nutrition, cooking, the store and on and on… and out of these awakenings i came to care even more about local relational eating – eating in the context of a real place, a real community.
At the after party, mingling with speakers, volunteers, audience members, i was snagged by several moms who said they would buy my book… for their kids! Maybe I could get them to eat real food??? One quoted the following conversation with her son.
Mom, there’s nothing to eat!
Son, the fridge and cupboards are full
But Mom, you have to macgiver that food.
Macgiver-ing, it seems, is spreading peanut butter on bread or mixing tuna with mayo or maybe mixing orange juice. I have no idea what that means they WILL eat. Life on pop tarts? energy bars?
Got me thinking … what if there were teen celebrity chefs with thousands of kids from around the world submitting recipes and youtube videos of making them and the best getting on TV like other talent spectacles we so enjoy… or celebrity teens who cook.
My imagination started to go wild, because clearly cooking skills would make the idea of eating whole, real, local foods appetizing. In fact, on my 10-mile diet I revived some old skills myself – like canning and pressure cooking. I found a couple of projects that teach cooking to teens – one with a justice focus, one that’s more like a party. Rather than share just those two, I invite you to hunt with me. How are teens being taught to cook?
Do you cook with your kids? Do they know how to cook? Is cooking a barrier for you to eating a healthier diet?
What, besides cooking, keeps you from going local with your eating?