Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Proper and real food"

Are you all watching Jamie Oliver's series, Food Revolution?  I kept missing it and kept missing it, but finally have it set to record and watched two episodes last night.

Absolutely brilliant.

If you enjoy cooking, this is a must see.  If you enjoy eating, this is a must see.  If you live on fast food, this is definitely a must see. 

I love that this guy, who I watched for years as The Naked Chef (who knew that British cooking could  be cool?) is now a grown up husband and father, on a personal mission to get America (or a region in West Virginia with horrifying health statistics) to eat actual, real, wholesome, or as he calls it, "proper" food.  And he's starting in the schools.

I remember grade school lunches to this day.  Awful.  I particularly remember soggy cookies from the "salad" and a few pieces of floppy iceberg lettuce (which should be crisp, if you're going to eat it at all) that oddly tasted like ... cookies.  Needless to say, I didn't eat the lettuce, but I probably ate the cookies anyway.  Oh, and that milk!  It wasn't flavored and sweetened (yay), but it always tasted as though it was going to turn sour any second. 

Jamie's show inspired me to clean up my own act.  I love that he's going viral to get the message out - lots of youtube clips and other online resources to share!  I also love that he's showing kids - along with telling them - the difference between what they're currently eating and could be eating (like the chicken nuggets above - not for the faint of heart!).

Oy.  Stomach churning.  Looking forward to a really great lunch and even better dinner today!


Summer said...

Yes! I saw some of his lecture online and a couple episodes at my parents' house (we only have PBS - yay). It's wonderful! It would be incredible if we, as a country (no, as a planet) can turn ourselves around! :)

Brenda said...

Yes! It was so awesome to see kids line up for the good food rather than the horrible stuff they serve at school (which I remember not so fondly!). Start 'em young - such a good idea. And I'm sure those kids will do better in school as a result!