I was talking to a co-worker recently and I mentioned something about hard-boiled eggs. (I know, I sound like a really interesting person to talk to, huh?!) “Remind me — how do you make those?” she asked. I feel like this very short conversation is indicative of a much bigger issue – a lot of people don’t know how to cook! Besides the fact that cooking is just a basic life skill that I think people should have, I feel like it’s a big part of the health/obesity problem in this country. If people realized how simple and inexpensive it is to make food at home, maybe they wouldn’t buy so many of the processed convenience foods that are giving half the country diabetes and heart disease.
I don’t have any grand plans for addressing this issue on a national scale, but I do feel a call to help people in this regard. I was thinking perhaps I would start a new series on called “Cooking School” that covers the basics. (Not that I’ve ever attendied culinary school myself, I’m just an avid home cook.) What do you think? Do you rely on convenience foods and/or eating out more than you would like? If so, I’d be curious to know why you think that is – lack of knowledge, time, tools, or all of the above?