Monday, October 21, 2013

Awakening my food spirit: A night to remember with Michael Pollan

Happy Monday to all of you guys! I am very excited because my Mom & sister will be coming for a visit in a few days and I almost can't contain my excitement. I have some fun dinners and hikes planned, as well as, a pumpkin carving party where we will get down and dirty with some pumpkins and get our chili eating on with friends.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was a bit chilly here over the past few days but I spent Saturday night cozy-ed up in Toby's feed barn sitting on stacks of hay with my fellow town members listening to Michael Pollan speak. It was an absolutely delightful treat. I must admit that the entire time I sat there I was thinking, "He's met Oprah. He and Oprah must be bff's. Therefore Oprah and I are basically bff's". Isn't that how it works? ...I digress.

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I know I don't normally give book reviews on this ole' blog but I just had to let you guys know that he truly is a food genius. He makes the simple idea of knowing where your food comes from seem like one of the most important and basic human rights we should be fighting for. I sat among other farmers who felt as moved as I did by the simplistic concepts he was talking about (and has been writing about for years) but we don't stop and take the time to think about on our own. Here we are a culture of food obsessed beings, spending numerous hours watching cooking shows and buying the best kitchen appliances and cookware. Yet, we're spending less than 27 minutes cooking a day. As a society we now classify "cooking" as the combining of two things. Which means a simple drizzle of salad dressing on a plate of greens now constitutes as cooking. It's somewhat astonishing. By becoming aware of the process of cooking our food (which is the focus of Michael Pollan's new book Cooked) he explores the elements of cooking with: fire, water, air, and earth. I love this idea of connecting to our environment and our community to become truly fed as we did thousands of years ago.

Being able to sit in a room with him and listen was truly a dream come true for me. He awakened an awareness of food in me years ago while living in Baltimore and changed not only my relationship with food but was the catalyst in my fight to lose weight and become healthy.

I never knew my life would take a path that would lead me to Point Reyes. A place that has one of the only local and all organic farm communities and farmer's markets in this part of the country. Not only that, but I was unaware that Michael Pollan himself wrote the end of The Omnivores Dilemma & the start of his new book Cooked here in this area where he often connects to the land and finds inspiration. It made listening to him, and my adoration for the knowledge he has collected even more special.

I hope you all support him in his plight to educate Americans and support farmers by reading his current book and talking to your community about what you can do to start a food revolution. Let's ask questions. Let's start to taste again. Let's stop asking for all food to "taste the same". The growth and taste of food is unpredictable which means it should never conform to a uniform standard of taste and regulations. Living here has awakened my senses and allowed me to taste sweet ripe tomatoes and green beans off the vine. To pick my own apples and know the farmer who grew the greens I am buying at our market or eating in our local restaurants. It is a gift to me that I embrace everyday. I wish that food happiness for all of you.

May you all have a wonderful week and stay tuned for a fun candy garland tutorial on Wednesday. Which now almost seems ironic. But fun and Halloweenish all the same.

Love to all of y'all!


  1. I'm so jealous! What an amazing opportunity you had!

  2. Amazing! I'm also so envious. Food Rules is also great, and a fast read.

  3. Amazing! I'll have to read.



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