Among all the responses to the new data showing we're getting sicker and fatter, I was most struck Kerry Trueman's comment at Civil Eats that what we are really suffering from is "kitchen illiteracy." Now, that's the kind of insight which seems easy to dismiss. We all know it's not about a lack of interest or knowledge -- it's about a lack of time, right? As I once asked, how can you fix the food system when you have to fight convenience? Working parents are forced by circumstances outside their control to buy processed food because cooking real food takes too long. These folks don't have time to boil pasta much less prepare a healthy meal.
Well, what if I told you that assertion might be wrong? What if "convenience foods" aren't actually all that -- for lack of a better word -- convenient?