Tuesday, August 11, 2009

No Solar Cooking in Phoenix Today

It was too cloudy to do any solar cooking so I spent the day thinking about cooking instead. I read Michael Pollan's recent article, 'Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch', this afternoon. In it he talks about the decline of cooking. A food-marketing researcher that he interviewed claimed that within a few generations people will no longer cook at all. It got me wondering if cooking really is a dying art. I know many people, most of whom have children, who seem proud of the fact that they don't cook. It makes me sad to think that their families will never know what it's like to sit down to a home cooked meal. I hope the researcher is wrong. I hope people will tire of consuming low quality cheap food. I hope they will turn off their T.V. and find their way back into the kitchen. I also hope Michael Pollan will start following my blog.


  1. Thanks for the link to the article. I just got my solar cooker yesterday, and I'm so glad I had a sunny day to try it out before our cloudy week commenced. Last night I was a little giddy about the dinner and cake I'd made in my solar oven, and at a family gathering someone wryly asked me how long it took to cook this food. I did not know how to explain that that is not the point, and she would not have cared if I had, because she likes putting dinner in the microwave and having it ready in five minutes.

    I just found your blog a couple days ago, and I'm glad you're doing this. Many of the solar cooker recipes I've found use canned soups and other processed food, so I look forward to taking some inspiration from your blog using real, whole foods. Thank you.

  2. Welcome to the world of solar cooking. Thanks for you nice comment. It's really easy to adapt recipes to your solar cooker. Pretty much anything you would make in a crock-pot will work and, in my opinion, taste better in a solar oven. I can never answer the how long does it take questions either. The beauty of solar cooking is once it's in the oven you can basically forget about it. Overcooking is rarely a problem and you don't risk burning the house down if you leave it unattended.