Slow Food Thoughts

Filed in Gather Food Essential by on April 15, 2010 0 Comments

I’ve been thinking about and reading about the slow food movement. Slow food is a reaction to the fast food movement. While I was a child of McDonalds, I’ve learned to cook and appreciate vegetables, fruits, and other foods. I enjoy the cooking process and it’s nice not to rush. My cooking process is not complex; I am far from being a fantastic cook and even more distanced from being a chef. Just taking the time to use pots, pans, stove, and an oven in place of the microwave is a good start. That’s not to say I won’t use the microwave for reheating leftovers.

So what is slow cooking? From the article, Turning the Tables,

Like so many other aspects of modern life, slow food can trace its roots to McDonald’s. It was 1986, and the world’s largest fast-food chain had just opened its 9,007th location—at the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. This was a square with a fountain that dated back to 1627, nestled at the base of a staircase, the biggest in Europe, built in 1723, beside which John Keats died in 1821. This was a square where you could now buy a Big Mac for a few hundred lire…

“The McDonald’s issue is just an episode,” says the now 60-year-old Italian, explaining that it wasn’t just the creepy rictus of Ronald McDonald that inspired him. Shortly after the Spanish Steps incident, Petrini went home to Piedmont and stopped to have dinner in one of his favorite osterias. “There is a traditional dish called peperonata,” he says. “But when I went back, the peppers were tasteless. The owner said these peppers came from the Netherlands—grown in hydro-culture, perfectly uniform, and shipped thirty to a box. We have wonderful peppers in Piedmont! But now farmers stopped growing them because the Dutch ones were cheaper.”

This is not an article about the evils of McDonalds. Food is a choice. That is the key to this article – to present information and choices for people that want alternatives to fast food. I like mom and pop restaurants and offbeat restaurants. The Olive Garden makes nice Italian meals; the family-owned Italian restaurants in the North End of Boston and East Boston make better food. I’d rather give my money to a family making a living by running a quality restaurant. And cooking the meal at home for myself or friends is even nicer.

For those interested in learning more about slow food, you will find the following sites interesting:

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