Inspirational watch: mini-series ‘Cooked’

Along with exercise, it’s hard to find a task more worthy of free time than making delicious, healthy food with and for our loved ones. And yet, today so many lack the knowledge or commitment to prepare fresh food. If men and women don’t develop the habit, they cannot pass down skills to their children. In the process, our health and connection to nature suffers, while big food corporations win.

We started watching this mini-series on Netflix and highly recommend it.   It offers really interesting insight and history on culinary developments and their role in human evolution.   “Fast” food has been a self-destructive chapter in this story and we need to turn the page.  Beyond developing our individual culinary discipline, we must increase education and promotion of fresh local foods in the community at large, while dramatically curtailing advertising and increasing tax on processed foods, the way we do with other addictive, harmful products like cigarettes and alcohol.  The payoff will be life-enriching for this, and future generations.

Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements _ fire, water, air and earth _ COOKED is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us. Highlighting our primal human need to cook, the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves.  Here is a direct video link to the trailer.

This just in: A new study finds that a healthy diet may help depressed patients. See: New Research on Treating Depression. Following a modified Mediterranean diet helped some patients being treated for depression in a study.

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