The [New York Times] Dining section had brought together Mr. Pollan (whose latest book, “Cooked,” was published last week) and Mr. Moss to make a tasty, reasonably healthy lunch. But there was a stipulation: they had to use ingredients that could be found at just about any grocery store. There would be no farmers’ market produce, no grass-fed beef or artisanal anything.
In what world do these guys live? On 1 April 2013, the United States had a population of 315,773,000. These two, at least as reported in the Times, appear to be unaware of how the other 315,772,998 (or at least the vast majority of them) live.
Pollan and Moss are prepared to accept the Times’ preposterous assumption that making a tasty, “reasonably” healthy meal from a US grocery store, as most Americans do, is mission impossible.
Yet the fact is that the average American grocery store carries a range of produce and foodstuffs from far and wide beyond the imaginings of Louis XIV or Alexander the Great or any other king or emperor in the past. And that abundance has ended the problems of chronic malnutrition and deficiency diseases that plagued most past societies. True, some consumers suffer the diseases of abundance, not something to be made light of, but even so isn’t abundance better than scarcity?
If you follow the link, you will see a photo of Pollan and Moss deep in thought as they “navigate” the supermarket shelves. Making a simple trip to the grocery store and the preparation of a meal for two seem so difficult and dangerous hardly seems the way to persuade people to accept their belief that home cooking is the way to get healthy, tasty, virtuous food. If this is the food movement, it appears to be in reverse gear.