I must admit that I have always have a soft-spot and a few extra pounds for indulging Amanda Hesser’s delightful recipe for Shar-Pei Almond Cake, which can be traced to the mother of Mr. Latte. Despite the drought, I am hopeful that Californians will figure out a way to sustain almond farming without unnecessarily complicating the water situation. Let’s face it, the farmers and the ranchers were able to sort out their problems in Oklahoma many years ago.
I recalled Ms. Hesser from reading her Cooking Manifesto from Food52: A manifesto for modern civilization no less important than that of Karl Marx. I quote from Food52’s manifesto in its entirety and hope that others will embrace the civility of cooking and the important role it plays in developing “a more sustainable household.”
OUR COOKING MANIFESTO
We love spending time in the kitchen, and we believe that memorable cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or precious.
Because, if you cook:
Your family will eat dinner together.
You will naturally have a more sustainable household.
You’ll set a lifelong example for your children.
You’ll understand what goes into food and will eat more healthily.
You’ll make your home an important place in your life.
You’ll make others happy.
People will remember you.
I suspect that many people share these self-evident goals, but everyday distractions and, perhaps, a fear of cooking get in the way of the nurturing power of food to “make your home an important place in your life.” Wouldn’t it be nice to see conversation replace texting and Tweeting? I am quite sure the world would be a far healthier and safer.