Jan 12 2009

FOOD NEWS: Kitchen Literacy

Published by at 6:31 pm under Food News

PART 1—A conversation with author, Ann Vileisis about Kitchen Literacy, what we know about our food, and how we came to know it. For Ann, her book Kitchen Literacy came about because she was struck by how much she didn’t know about the common foods she encountered in the supermarket. In the research for her book, she was surprised to learn how much people expected to know about their food in pre-industrial times. For example, meats, they would find out the sex and age of the animal, the farm it came from, and even the animal’s background. Certainly a far cry from our expectations today!

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25 responses so far

25 Responses to “FOOD NEWS: Kitchen Literacy”

  1. tasha122277on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    here is what i can …
    here is what i can remember: dig a hole where the sun grows, throw in the seeds, throw a little soil back on with some water.

  2. zizizzion 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I realized how far …
    I realized how far from the farm I am when i tried to grow my own veggies…

    I’m still working on it!

  3. shababe1688on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I just recently …
    I just recently finished reading this book for class and it was very interesting and very informative. She takes you through a detailed history of the food industry, as well as makes you understand how people during certain eras thought about their food and what they wanted to know about their food. After reading this book, I have been alot more conscious about what exactly I am eating and where the product actually came from. I recommend the book to anyone interested in the food industry.

  4. busstonedfx1on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I read this book …
    I read this book for my writing class, definitely got your point across. Thanks alot!

  5. bhjdogon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    This interview …
    This interview gives us a nice insight to the book “Kitchen Literacy” which I read and enjoyed. The way you explained and showed through example about how we lost that important knowledge about where our food comes from. I agree with you and I think that it is important to know what exactly we are putting in our bodies.

  6. tmplaya3on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for this …
    Thank you for this video, I can now question my food with a better idea of what to look for and what to question. This was a great read.

  7. Zoreimion 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    The video gives a …
    The video gives a brief summary of the book, which I really enjoyed. The book creates a conscious mostly on people who are not aware of where there food is made and how it is made.

  8. Medrackon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I think this author …
    I think this author brings up a very interesting point of view, one that i had never analyzed. I can’t say i am very confident in her sources, how can i trust a “diary” written by some random woman, supposedly 100 years ago.

  9. holafran88on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    The author on this …
    The author on this three segment video interview mainly talks about the same ideas from her book. She explains why she wrote it and how important the idea from her book is for people today.

  10. spyder21suon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I thought this book …
    I thought this book was very informative and the author has some really good points to make and America should listen.

  11. mtmccolgon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    She pretty much …
    She pretty much says everything that was in her book down to mentioning some of the quotes. I wasn’t a big fan of this book, but it was a little interesting to think about food in this way since I never really thought in detail about the food I eat.

  12. alexvessison 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    wait what height …
    wait what height are you?

  13. blackberryjuice1on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    well, that was …
    well, that was sobering…

  14. AntaresInScorpiuson 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    just go to a health …
    just go to a health foood store, or most regular grocery stores have health food sections now. i had salmon, quinoa, and stir fried onions for supper.

  15. eltearpdxon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I love how she …
    I love how she talks about “ecological awareness” of the food we eat. Now I think about what she said everytime I hit the local Safeway. Glad I don’t have to work as hard today to fed my family as great grandma did!

  16. eltearpdxon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    lots of us medicate …
    lots of us medicate ourselves with food pisk, but yousound like you need to talk to a real doctor. Are you trying to fill an emptiness inside yourself? You deserve real satisfaction,not just numbness.

  17. piskedi52on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I th?nk ? fall ?n …
    I th?nk ? fall ?n depress?on. I always wanna eat someth?ng else.?f Th?s s?tua?on goes on l?ke th?s, ? w?ll be 100 kg soon. I do not understand why ? always wanna eat and why ? never feel sat?sf?ed. I have to have a d?et and also exerc?se on the other w?se ? w?ll be fat 🙁 ? do not wanna go work ? wanna stay ?n bed morn?ngs and ? always need to eat someth?ng else chocalete fast food sphagett? etc help me ? need your suggest?ons

  18. soop93on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    A few? years ago, …
    A few? years ago, two parents went out for dinner. A few hours later the babysitter was calling to ask if she could cover up the clown statue in the kids’ room, the father said,”Take the kids and get out of the house. We’ll call the police, we don’t have a clown statue.” The “clown statue” is really a killer that escaped from jail. If you don’t post this letter on to 10 videos tonight, the clown will be in your bed at 3:00 am with a chainsaw in his hand (sorry bout the spam THIS SCARES ME!)

  19. kamal198719871987on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm


  20. cookingtheeasywayon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    really good …
    really good interview.
    i wish something can be done about the quality of food we consume, i am sure we will not have the health problems that we get from all the processed and un-natural foods that are available in the supermarkets. thanks for sharing Rebecca!

  21. jeepers99on 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I’ve worked in the …
    I’ve worked in the kind of environments that this Author promotes. I have a slightly different perspective. I know about my food and I know the knowing won’t save the planet, or me. There is no good or bad in nature. Nature has its extremes and I think this gets lost in the feelgood message. People will go mad in the field as quickly as in a city. I don’t know how to live in the city, but I don’t badmouth it either. We all have our place, knowledge to suit our environments, and our purpose.

  22. cookingupastoryon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    That’s interesting, …
    That’s interesting, PalluxoMediaOfficial. Unless you subscribe, which you say you don’t, or you’re a friend, which I guess you aren’t, it wasn’t from me. Sorry for the inconvenience, tho.

  23. WeeMiniMooseon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Oh, I know I …
    Oh, I know I definitely do. My neighbor commented to me one day that he had never seen anyone look so focused. I just love looking at and touching every plant, and working the earth. I find it revitalizing.

  24. PalluxoMediaOfficialon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Why have I received …
    Why have I received this video in my email? I havent even subscribed to you. Please do not spam my mailbox.

  25. Symbioteofadietyon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:31 pm

    thanks for sending …
    thanks for sending me this link! That was pretty interesting. Maybe I should read the book someday.

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