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
Amazing look at food issues
This book is a very well-cited study of food, its acquisition, preparation, and consumption. It follows several families, mostly low income families, as they navigate feeding themselves. Women's roles and the perceptions around them are central, as are our country's policies about welfare. I was hoping to keep reading forever, but I've got a list of many other works to find out more thanks to the references section in this book. Definitely a must read for anyone concer ...more
It feels a little odd to review this book, as reading it felt like some combination of a textbook and a bunch of magazine articles. The stories themselves were very easy to read, but the (usually interesting and worthwhile) endnotes made it somewhat laborious - especially while reading in bed! I wonder if there might have been some better combination of these two styles.
As far as the content goes, even as a recent MSW graduate I learned quite a bit from this book. From learning how one might coo ...more