glad I found this subforum! Just finished the book & really enjoyed it, more than I thought I would. I saw a talk she gave on cspan book tv (with slides & all) so I almost thought I didn't need to read it. But I would have missed alot, especially the points she makes about American food culture (or lack thereof). And of course, she's a wonderful writer.
Now, I just want to figure out how to get myself to enjoy cooking as much as I enjoy gardening, and I'll be all set!
I think my definition of "local" will have to be eastern US tho. Our farms are all drying up here in the SE & the pickings are getting slim. So sad! I want to get a freezer & get some local, natural meat tho.
Anyone else affected bythe drought?
How about this: you do the gardening, I'll do the cooking. I have all these romantic notions about a yard and a garden, and then I remember the overwatering of the ivy & the underwatering of the cactus. *sigh*
The points she makes about American food culture ARE really good - she says we define it kind of as the lack of ethnicity, and I'd never realized that before. I'd grown up eating Americanized Italian food (heavy on the ricotta & sauces, light on the veggies) alongside traditional family recipes (calzone to DIE for, AMAZING manicotti, etc.).
Funny story about American food culture in my own experience: I went to a Chinese restaurant, the typical small-university-town kind of place that, inexplicably, also has cheeseburgers on the menu, in addition to the non-authentic "Chinese" foods that Americans have come to think of as Chinese. I went with George (who was my boyfriend at the time), his mom, and her boyfriend, as they'd just helped us move into our first apartment together. What did MIL's boyfriend order? At a Chinese restaurant? A grilled cheese sandwich. I WISH I were joking.
Does anyone else get ribbed by family about dietary choices? My mother SWEARS that organic food gives her stomach aches and rolls her eyes when I remind her that we limit dairy (Andy's growing out of a sensitivity) and I have to remind her time & again that eggs are not dairy.