The Joy in Man’s Mastery of Food

Man as conqueror plays a significant, if not the most important part in human intellectual and active history. Early Enlightenment thinkers set out doctrines that called for a critical observation of human perception to distinguish how we experience the world, the different between our subjective views and participation in the search for ultimate objective truths. This call to questioning was so man could master the natural realm mainly through the sciences. Wonderfully, this instinct spans all areas of human conduct from artistry to social tolerance and more so in the modern day, food. Below is an excerpt from Mark Bittman’s reflection on his career with food in the New York times (link Here) The innovative working with food and the diversity in such conduct has a center in New York City, and so it is appropriate that this critic expresses his pleasure for simple, tasty, and nutritious creations in the NYTimes. He recently published “Food Matters,” which looks at the relationship between diet, personal and planetary health, and writes “The Minimalist” column in the Times. Recently the Times website archived his ~5 minute cooking videos where his light sense of humour makes known the delight of keeping things simple.

“For the first time, I’m optimistic that increasing numbers of people have come out of the post-World War II dark age of convenience and apathy and are looking for quality – even what you might call wholesomeness – and consciousness about what we put into our mouths and our bodies.

This is important because while food is a necessity that we all share for survival, it’s also a cultural bellwether. Taking control of our food –  knowing where it comes from, selecting it and cooking it ourselves – makes us more thoughtful. Sitting down to a meal and eating with those we care about instead of standing over the sink with a bowl of cereal is an act of engagement rather than one of isolation. The way we interact with food says a lot about how we want to live our lives, and a move toward wholesome food and away from Pop Tarts and fish sticks can only portend good things. “

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