Michael Pollan: Cooking Shows Replace Actual Cooking

Friday, July 31, 2009


Cooking shows are becoming more and more popular. But while people love to watch shows like "Top Chef," they don't actually go into their own kitchens to chop, boil or bake. Food writer Michael Pollan talks about how the rise in TV food shows has turned cooking into a spectator sport.

Click through for a transcript of the conversation with Michael Pollan.

Watch a video of Spike battle it out with a fellow contestant on Top Chef.


Michael Pollan

Hosted by:

Amy Holmes


Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [3]

sally larhette

As a Madeleine Kamman Chefette, and constant study, French Cooking opened up worlds to me that I had not even dreamed of. My cooking skills have given me a
life of eating that far surpasses what I would have enjoyed had I not subjected myself to the task of learning, somewhat daunting, to be sure.

I did work , teach and cater while I raised Five kids who also loved to cook and a former husband who enjoyed the worlds that opened for him too, including study of wine and the maste of his own wine cellar!Also enjoying Ballet and Tanglewood came along with this upgrade of interests.

Sally laRhette

Aug. 21 2009 08:55 PM

I have to add my vote to the above. Amy's comment that eating out is cheaper and easier drove me to the website this morning for the express purspose of making sure I heard that right!

I understand that cooking for a single person is not as economical as for a family, but, Amy, keep track (mentally) of your food expenses for a month - even a week! - and you'll see how much you spend on food. You could feed yourself for a month if you went to the supermarket/grocery store once in a while.

Besides, think about all those extra calories you're taking in, as food prepared for you, no matter whether in a fast food or a 'healthy' restaurant, still has more fat, more sodium, more sugar than food prepared (sensibly) at home.

If you must, take one or two nights a week, and cook a large meal, so you'll have left overs for the rest of the week. But cooking is not that scary or expensive (and neither is doing your own dishes)!

Jul. 31 2009 11:23 AM

I realize Amy has made a career out of being wrong, but did she just say that cooking at home is more expensive than eating out? Oy. Ignorance is bliss.

Jul. 31 2009 08:54 AM

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