While I’m endlessly researching and writing about the scientific importance of family meals, I couldn’t pass up this tidbit to share with you…
FIFTY YEARS AGO, AMERICANS SPENT 2 HOURS PREPARING A MEAL. TODAY, THE AVERAGE FAMILY SPENDS 6.5 MINUTES.
Pretty J. We are what we eat. New Scientist 2004; 24 (68) 44-7.
I’m not saying go roast yourself a turkey for the remainder of the day. But this made me wonder…
a) what real food (besides leftovers and couscous) can actually be made in six and a half minutes? Real = healthy, fresh, you know what it’s made of…
b) if we’re spending that much less time in our kitchens and, in turn, our dining room tables, does this take away from a significant portion of the day we might otherwise take to enjoy one another’s company? To connect with our families?
There is a remarkable amount of evidence about the positive impact frequent family meals have on children—on their relationship to eating and food, their emotional well-being, their weight, etc. And there are homemade twenty-minute meals to be had. Healthy ones, too.
Remember what we always talk about here at A Pear to Remember: gourmet food is not reserved for restaurants. The simple, lovingly-crafted meals from your kitchen—that’s gourmet. That has the promise to be all kinds of delicious.
Back to writing (the academic kind, I mean)!
the recipe for the dish above can be found here… Sweet Potato Risotto.