Chicken Soup - april 19 2013
Did you read the New York Times piece on the science of junk food from a few weeks back? I did, and it left me feeling outraged and insulted. While I’ve know for years that processed foods taste different than homemade foods, often aren’t as healthy and require resource intensive packaging, I’d never fully realized just how much effort goes in to manipulating me and my family into buying these things. And the worst part? It is all done under the guise of helping out with our busy lives and giving us better food options, when the real reason is none other than to increase the profits of businesses.
When this and so many other things seem wrong and crazy, especially on a day like today as a nightmarish manhunt is going on in Boston, searchers are seeking survivors from an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas and more international cities than I can list are similarly exploding with violence, I need to hunker down and comfort myself with food. Sharing something that is delicious, nourishing, pure and easy to make is the best solace I have to offer on dark days, and helps to alleviate my own feelings of powerlessness.