The kitchen anchors the country’s economic, social, and political life, and the cook, as its figurehead, exercises far more influence over its course than is commonly thought.
The return of [home economics] courses to American schools should be sparked then not by that old spirit of “making do” but by a desire to mount resistance to those forces that would reduce the whole repertoire of recognizably human activities to so many one-click purchases or so much frictionless “sharing.”
Beautifully said. My first year in Middle School was the year they ended Home Ec class. I was so sad and am still learning the skills I was so excited to learn about and disappointed to not learn about in the 7th grade.
Now to influence some culture by drawing up a few dream kitchens…