Mitt Romney meets Mike Pollan
The first goal of this blog was to share insights on healthy living, chiefly diet. We distilled these insights from the oracles at hand: science, tradition, and scripture. Our title is taken from the Word of Wisdom, a canonized scripture that Mormons are still learning to live.
Though scripture serves as our north star, our blog seeks a conversational tone that invites cooks of every persuasion. Diversity is strength. Which brings us to a current food article in the N. Y. Times, “Not Just for Sundays After Church”. The article is about the evolving Mormon cuisine: “With Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the White House, Americans are newly curious about all the traditions of the [Mormon] church he has done so much to support.”
The article notes, “Healthy living was of great interest to the religion’s founders, and their dietary prescriptions of little meat, much produce and plenty of whole grains make them sound like proto-Pollans.” And it’s true; Pollan’s excellent book, In Defense of Food, heavily influenced by science, also resonates with our understanding of a scripture-guided diet, in contrast to that crazy modern (MAD) diet the world has stumbled into.
The Last Word on Menus
The last three posts have invoked excellent comments on writing weekly menus. You, who comment, besides sharing your ideas, also shape this blog. I’ve gone back and analyzed the first 2000 comments on this blog. It took me two days; two themes resonated:
- Readers want practical recipes that follow our healthy-eating precepts.
- Readers want wholesome, affordable menus based on these recipes.
There’s a repeating theme in the comments. Homemakers are concerned about the health of their family and they are tired of the pressure and poor outcome of “wingin’ it” at dinnertime. There is a growing interest in menu writing but we need a better way to share ideas.
After some pondering, it seems we might move to a new format of three posts a week:
- One post would feature the Healthy Change of the week, with supporting information.
- The second post would offer a suggested menu of three or four dinner meals, with recipe references.
- The third post (most weeks), would provide a recipe congruent with the Healthy Changes(s). To reflect a broad spectrum of ideas, we would need readers to share menu ideas. This could be done through our email address.
Please comment: Is this a good way to go? Is there a better way? And please excuse that we haven't posted this week's Healthy Change on better breakfasts. It will follow in a day.
Photo from the N.Y Times