Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"All the Good Things of the Earth"

I saw this quotation today and knew I had to make a quick posting to share it with my readers.

“Cooking should be a carefully balanced reflection
of all the good things of the earth.”

~~Jean & Pierre Troisgros

That quotation is certainly supportive of the concept that we are what we purchase, cook, and eat, but in addition, reading it helped me take a step back to be reflective of the big picture that "we are what we grow" also. The "we" can certainly be extended to all of our farmers and growers, not just ourselves, as each of us votes with our fork on a daily basis to consider our food choices within our overall personal values of what is "good", taking into account numerous environmental, economic, health, and social justice considerations.

(Photo: Good = A variety of organic sweet peppers grown on a small organic farm outside of Ann Arbor completely managed by the husband and wife farmers and a few volunteer CSA members, picked by me last September, chopped and frozen in slices, chunks, rings, etc, ready to pop into recipes all winter long when organic peppers are either not available period or only available at a huge cost to my food budget plus a huge cost to our environment by being shipped from a location far, far away, even from overseas!)

"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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