What Food Says About Class

Here’s a link to a fantastic article I stumbled across today. Happy reading!

What Food Says About Class in America by Lisa Miller, featured in Newsweek.

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2 thoughts on “What Food Says About Class

  1. Nicola says:

    Interesting article. I don’t think I agree with a lot that was said though. It is not necessary to buy from “exclusive” deli’s in order to eat organic and healthy so therefore it is not out of reach for poorer families. We have a very limited food budget and we eat 90% organic and homemade. It certainly costs us more than homemade and non-organic but I don’t think it costs more than processed junk food. The comment about poorer families choosing processed because it is cheaper rather than because they do not know any better is a load of rubbish in my opinion. If you know that it is horrendously unhealthy to give your child soda with his breakfast, why would you do it? Part of it has to be ignorance and the other part is not caring enough (IMO).

    • Grace says:

      I definitely agree that it is possible to eat wholesome foods on a budget. We do it every month. This was the second time this week that I’ve heard or read about someone spending $1000+ per month on their food budget! I don’t even know how I would spend that much money on wholesome food, especially considering the reason most of it is so wholesome is because it is made from scratch (using a few basic ingredients). One thing that I often don’t consider, but the article addresses (more indirectly) and a friend of mine pointed out is that it may cost more money to eat wholesome foods depending on where you live. For instance, we live in an area where we can have our meat delivered via csa at a decent cost. We also live in an area where there is a good size farmer’s market. I can get raw milk from a farm fifteen minutes away from our house for five dollars a gallon. My parents are not so blessed. Their farmer’s market is small and does not carry a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. Raw milk is not available to them unless they buy a cow. Their supermarkets do not carry a large assortment of organic fruits and veggies and what the stores do carry is often rotting on the shelves. Obviously, my parents (and others) can choose not to consume those things that are horrific for their bodies (sodas, etc.). But, I can definitely see how one’s diet can be limited by where one lives.

      The other aspect that this article did not do an adequate job addressing was the amount of time it takes to prepare (or learn to prepare) wholesome foods. Particularly in homes when both parents are working, I can see it being a challenge to not only source wholesome foods, but prepare them on a daily basis as well. I’m a SAHM and I still sometimes get tired of taking an hour or more to prepare dinner at night. Thankfully, the longer I do it, the quicker I’m becoming (or I learn to make double and freeze some). I do enjoy preparing meals (most nights) and love spending time in the kitchen investing in the health of our family, but I am blessed to have the time to spend. Not everyone has that luxury.

      All of that being said, I do think the article did a good job of pointing out the dichotomy that exists. I also enjoyed reading about the different types of “foodies” that are out there, and it always refreshing to read about the growing awareness of food within our culture- a subject that I think has gone unpublicized for far too long.

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