Food is at the center of national debates about how Americans live and the future of the planet. Not everyone agrees about how to reform our relationship to food, but one suggestion rises above the din: home-cooked meals. Amid concerns about obesity and diabetes, unpronounceable ingredients, and the environmental footprint of industrial agriculture, food reformers implore parents to slow down, cook from scratch, and gather around the dinner table. Voting with your fork, they argue, will lead to happier and healthier families. But is it really that simple?Informed by extensive interviews and observations with families, Pressure Cooker takes seriously the difficulties and dilemmas of feeding a family that food reformers and writers often ignore. From picky eaters and ill-equipped kitchens to hectic schedules and stretched budgets, Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton, and Sinikka Elliott consider the deep-seated differences that pass through the kitchen and profoundly shape what and how we eat. T...
|Title||:||Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do about It|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
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Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do about It Reviews
Huge disappointment. Instead of an actual breakdown and discussion of the problems regarding cooking, food acquisition, and nutrition in the US, this book is basically a collection of stories about a bunch of families and their struggles with food scarcity, lack of cooking space, etc. The stories may illustrate the problems, but they're tedious to read when they take up the majority of the book, and leave practically no space for serious analysis or suggestions about how to fix things. I found m ...more
Those of us who feed other people on a regular basis are familiar with the regular hectoring to get back to the kitchen and cook, and the promises of psychological, social, and nutritional benefits of doing so. If we all just pulled up our bootstraps and got to the frying pans, we would be better, healthier people. And 90% of the women I know look at these articles--often written by men--and say, "Good luck with that. Come into my life and make your perfect family dinners." Pressure Cooker is a ...more
Pressure Cooker is the book version of an anthropological study examining how families (primarily low-income) in Raleigh, North Carolina shop, prepare food, and eat. It attempts to rebut the idea that our eating habits can substantially reform the food system, arguing that people we might judge for making seemingly less-than-perfect choices are hampered by overwhelming systematic factors and are doing the best they can.
To do this, the book chooses the following structure:
• List a commonly heard ...more