Recovering the Art of Cooking and the Full-time Housewife

August 21, 2009
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Running in the same vein as the Momma at Work blog post I posted earlier in the week, I ran across an article entitled, The Cooking Creature– A Call for Recovered Wisdom.

It’s a great article about the lost art of cooking and the irony of modern life with its large kitchens, expensive appliances and popularity of cooking t.v. shows….all without women actually cooking in their kitchens.  I appreciated Dr. Mohler’s comments and also believe in the importance of the full time housewife and mother at home!

Dr. Mohler says,

Christianity contributes a distinctive understanding of the importance of food and, by extension, the importance of cooking and hospitality. We understand that human beings are made to require food for sustenance. Our need for food is a reminder of our finitude. The food in our fields and all in our tables is a reminder of God’s loving provision for us. The Bible dignifies the loving preparation of food as one of the distinctive gifts of women. While cooking is not limited to women, throughout human history wives and mothers, sisters and daughters, have shown their love for and commitment to their loved ones through the careful preparation and celebration of food. When this is lost, something more than culinary knowledge is lost.

The article was spurred on by an article that Michael Pollan wrote entitled, Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch.  It paints an intricate picture of our modern culture in regards to processed food, industrial corporations, and the extinction of the housewife.  He has written extensively on the “slow food movement” and contributed much to the revival of real food and heightened sense of awareness of the dangers of our industrial food system.

Pollan argues that the decline in “real” cooking is due to several key factors:

“Women working outside the home, food companies persuading Americans to let them do the cooking and advances in technology that made it easier for them to do so.”

It’s an interesting article.  While I do not agree with all of Pollan’s conclusions and assessments of the problems, he does generally, at least, bring up some huge problems in American culture and connects some of the dots.  Pollan does not profess Christianity and so his worldview is not shaped from Scripture.  He makes some really off (false) conclusions based on evolution and can be quite egalitarian at times.  That’s typical Pollan.   I just read his book, In Defense of Food, and it was paining to get past the false evolutionary basis of humanity he holds to.  When you read his work, books or articles, it is good to apply a Biblical worldview to what he is saying and reject his evolutionary basis.

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