Everywhere on the web this week it seemed people were discussing the ‘Ikea Effect.’ Which in a nutshell is the idea that the more effort we put into a project,
whether it be building a piece of flimsy furniture from Ikea or making dinner for our families, the more we are rewarded. When applied to food the effect can help explain why American’s are consuming so many more calories than they need to, they aren’t getting as much pleasure/reward from the ‘easy’ calories they are consuming because they aren’t making their own food and so consume even more trying to reach a feeling of satisfaction that one gets from completing a complicated task. All of this is well and good, and of course such ideas which honestly seem mostly like common sense, need validation within the academic community before a certain echelon of our society will acknowledge the steps needed to fix the food crisis that we are in. Yet, when that echelon does do something positive like pass legislation that requires fast food restaurants to post calories there are then included loopholes like this one: “The mandate to post calorie counts will not include limited-time offers.” Seriously? What is the point? Either help us or tell we are on our own; doing both is making me feel jerked around.
This tip from Harold McGee for cooking a perfect turkey begs sharing. He says to ice down the breasts of the turkey with ice packs before it goes into the oven to aid in the even cooking of breast meat to dark meat. I am annoyed that I had never thought of that.
Slashfood has an amazing picture montage of 10 if the worst fast food offerings in America. I’m not going to lie not only did it make me hungry right after brunch, that visceral response made me feel guilty. On the upside, the montage also functioned as a balm for the Aztec Chocolate Rice Pudding that I am going to make tonight as well as making me feel absolutely virtuous about the Goat Stew on the menu.
Finally, Adam Phillips wrote an article for The Atlantic that argues that morally if it is acceptable to eat pigs one has to accept that it is equally moral to eat dogs, or if it isn’t acceptable to eat dogs, it isn’t to eat pigs. I don’t disagree with that and actually think that I would eat dog as long as it wasn’t a dog that I had known personally. However, with what animal farming is doing to the earth and the people who live on it, it is increasingly more difficult to argue that eating meat at all is in any way moral.
- Why Making, Instead of Buying, Dinner Could Make You Thinner (wired.com)
- Say Cheese! New Dieting App Counts Calories From a Photo (fastcompany.com)
- Rethinking meat (ethicalfoodproject.wordpress.com)