Learning to Cook Isn’t Just a Life Skill Anymore. It’s a Rebellion Against Our Failing Food Systems

And the Big Food corporations who couldn’t care less about you

Charlie Brown
Rooted

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Photo by Daniil Onischenko on Unsplash

I don’t want to tell you to stop eating ultra-processed foods (UPFs), those highly processed industrially made foodstuffs that dominate our supermarket shelves.

I don’t want to tell you that you should learn to make more than sandwiches in the kitchen.

I don’t want to, because much of the discourse around this subject sounds so preachy. Plenty of it skims over real issues many people face when it comes to their food choices. Issues like having the time, money or energy to do little more than scoff down Pot Noodles in front of Netflix.

Besides, I like Cheetos as much as the next person.

But you can hold two thoughts in your head at once. Yes, ultra-processed foods can be delicious, cheap and some people’s only food source. But that doesn’t mean we should throw our hands up in the air and declare we’re done with cooking altogether.

I get it. You’re in the trenches with people who say they can’t cook. You were never taught. School didn’t care. Mum and Dad didn’t have the time. Now, you don’t.

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Charlie Brown
Rooted
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Writer of opinions. Wine & food pro. Editor of Rooted, a boostable Medium food & drink pub. Niche-avoidant. Also at thesaucemag.substack.com