Why is cooking fashionable?
Jennifer Rubell: I think that the rise of cooking, maybe you can attribute it a little bit to television cooking. But I would actually point more toward the explosion of consumerism and cooking as a real antidote to that. You know you are not involved in consumerist culture when you’re cooking. You’re producing something. So it . . . it . . . Those kind of earthy pursuits – whether it’s gardening, cooking, do-it-yourself projects – I think that that will only be . . . The more things become virtual and unphysical, the more people need an outlet in the physical world. I think that’s a . . . It’s almost like a law of matter, you know
Well I think that young people . . . most young people’s jobs involve staring at a computer screen all day. I mean that’s what most jobs boil down to today. And you need something sensual to counterbalance that. You can’t just then go re-enter some sort of like consumer world and not have something that roots you to the earth, to other people, to a home, to community. You need it. It’s just mandatory.I think there’s a real intimacy when you entertain at home. You know once you have someone to your home, it’s almost like they’re a friend for life. You know you can run into them 15 years later, and you still have a bond to them. They were at your house for dinner. I’ve gone out to dinner with people where I don’t remember their names or their faces. It’s like it never happened. And I don’t know what happens when people enter your home. I don’t know what that process is, but it’s a glue. And there’s almost no other way that you can get that.
Recorded on 12/13/07
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