In recent weeks I've been 'getting my cook on' and grinding out some rather delightful meals. I can't describe how satisfying it is to cook a meal myself and actually enjoy it. I even impressed the girlfriend. But, moving on. It reminded me of an article last Christmas by the Economist, published around the time that Jamie Oliver released his '30 minute meals' cookery book, the "fastest-selling non-fiction work in British publishing history".
In the same article, they deliver a cracking paragraph which I will share with you now:
"It is hard to know how much actual cooking follows. In 2009 the British also spent some £8.7 billion ($13.6 billion) on chilled ready meals. The figures conjure up sad visions of a nation slumped collectively on the sofa, watching cookery shows while forking supermarket curry mouthwards from a microwave tray."
Does anyone else do the same thing? Watch cookery programmes, buy the books and still eat the same old **** our country is notorious for? Ignoring the article's conclusion, why do you think this is?
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- 01-04-2011 10:09
- 02-04-2011 13:03
That paragraph is brilliant! I do own quite a few cookery books but I use them all and basically never eat microwave meals. I think there probably are quite a few people who do it though, it's like people who watch 'Escape to the Country' etc and look at houses online but never do anything about it - it's just escapism. A lot of cookery programmes today are more like entertainment, they usually feature something aside from cooking...with Nigella it's family/entertaining, with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall it's food production/nature. Same as Top Gear if you think about it, they don't solely review cars. I also think that convenience does play a large part, the success of Jamie Oliver's book was down to it's promise of quick, good food (although I've heard reports that the recipes take much longer than 30 minutes ).
- 02-04-2011 14:42
Not enough time to do anything in the modern world apparently.
Even with a 30 minute meal (by whose standards exactly?, that's 30 minutes you're in the kitchen, and not doing something else, be it studying, laundry, ironing, from which there aren't really any shortcuts. And that's assuming it takes 30 minutes in the first place.
Much more efficent to simply bung something in the oven/microwave is the sad reality. =/.
Anybody know of a cookbook that specialises in creating food that's good for freezing? The obvious things like soups and stuff, etc.
- 03-04-2011 02:56
I've bought 'The Silver Spoon' cookbook which is meant to have thousands of Italian recipes in it. I'm picking it up tomorrow. I can't wait.
I've also bought 'Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Bible'. My favourite food is Indian and Italian. Cooking is so healthy, cheap and fun, I wish all students did it. I'm the only one who cooks in my flat.
- 03-04-2011 10:38
Definitely not me - I can't remember the last time I ate a microwave meal :| Occasionally when I'm too lazy to cook properly I'll just chuck some frozen breadcrumbed chicken & wedges in the oven or something, but that's still maybe only twice a month. I do love a takeaway curry as a treat, but I don't really eat other fast-food/takeaway unless I'm drunk, haha. I almost always prefer making my own pizza to ordering one in.
I love cooking! Most the cookbooks I have are for baking rather than for meals, although I did get 2 mini books the other day for chicken & one-pot recipes. I mostly get meal ideas online or from people at work.
- 04-04-2011 11:13
I don't tend to use cookbooks that much - I stick to what I know how to cook, and will find a recipe online if it's something new.
Saying that though, I did use a cookbook last night - Jamie's 30-minute meals. Don't buy it, it's useless. They could only take half an hour if you've got everything on the counter in front of you, all opened and peeled etc, and you're as fast as a professional chef at slicing, and you have a top-of-the-range oven and hob, and you waste no time actually reading the book.
Plus it barely gives you any timings for stuff - it says things like "Put the chicken on a hot griddle pan. Next, make the jerk marinade...blah blah blah. By now, the chicken should be done" - I definitely take longer than him to do the marinade, my chicken would have been burnt! It was just annoying, because if you choose to deviate slightly from the recipe (like making the marinade in advance), you have no idea how long stuff needs to cook for.
- 04-04-2011 11:25
I buy the BBCGoodFood magazine every month and check out the website.
I rarely buy books tbh unless they are the HUGE ones with tons of recipes in.