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2010-09-28 We Are The Network: Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

September 26th, 2010

Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

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This Week’s Topic

Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

We eat fast food. We eat a lot of it. The amount is going up, and going up dramatically over the last couple of years. Why is this? Some people say it’s about speed and convenience. Some say it’s cost. Perhaps the answer is simpler.  People can’t figure out how to cook in a way that fits the reality of today’s lifestyle and so in the absence of a way to “make it work,” fast food becomes the only way to “get it all done in the small amount of time left” in a day.

We watch “chef battle” cooking shows, where people who have years of culinary training create gourmet meals in amazingly short times. Does this help? Maybe, in that it gets people thinking about cooking themselves. However, just as photoshop fakery of model pictures creates an image of people that is unattainable, these shows create an image of cooking that is similarly unattainable to many.

Whenever the topic of food and cooking appears in our We Are The Network discussions, the group gets totally energized, and it basically derails whatever else was going on, so I figured this week “let’s just go with it.”

Is it really possible, without any gaming of the numbers or process, to actually cook real food at home in the same or less time than it would take to take the fast food route. Before you leap up and say “of course it’s possible” – let’s talk about the full time investment, including preparation, cleanup, shopping for food – everything.

If you’ve already got this “all figured out,” let’s hear about your magic for choosing recipes, food shopping, when and for what, which kitchen skills you need to work on to make things flow quickly, techniques to get things done quicly, and how to not end up with a mountain of cleanup (a time sink that real people know about, but the recipe books so conveniently ignore when they say “simple, 30 minute prep”!)

Bring your ideas. Bring your recipes. Maybe don’t show up hungry (don’t say I didn’t warn you!), and let’s have a fun and very different session.

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Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food | TED.com

Eating at Fast Food Restaurants more than Twice a Week is Associated with More Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance in Otherwise Healthy Adults (U.S. National Institutes of Health)

Fast Food Booming in Wake of Global Recession (report on 3news.co.nz)

Fat and Calorie Content of a Fast Food Meal versus a Home Cooked Meal (Monster Information Please – data source for article)

Food Matters – A Guide to Conscious Eating (Mark Bittman)

The Food Matters Cookbook – 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living (Mark Bittman)

Copycat Cookbooks – Cook Your Favorite Restaurant Recipes at Home (These are obviously not the real recipes, but designed to taste similar!)

How to Cook Quickly (About.com)

Fast Food for the Home Cook (Squidoo)

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