A Quiet Revolution

A Quiet Revolution

Wed 19 Jun 2013

Story by Erin Scott
 

Revolution sounds like an immense undertaking. Huge. Monumental. As a kid who wanted to make changes in our world, I was deeply intimidated by this notion. Did I have to be another Martin Luther King or Cesar Chavez to make a difference? I felt paralyzed by the enormity of the task.

Iíve come to realize that every day when I go to the market, cook for our family and friends, itís not just for nourishment and enjoyment, but is a small political act as well.

Caring about the people who grow our food, who raise eggs and animals for meat and dairy, even setting aside a patch of earth to grow some of our own herbs, fruit, and veg... all these small acts (when you see them over and over again across the globe) make up a revolution.

Thankfully, Jamie Oliver recognized the radical and profound possibilities of such humble ventures. He has empowered us all to act in small ways together.

I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate Jamieís Food Revolution Day this year. At first, I imagined something big and elaborate like hosting a cooking class for kids, or throwing a huge party. But then I remembered that simple cooking for, and with, my family and friends is enough, and more true to who I am.

We asked Otis, our middle schooler, to bring his buddies to our house for supper. Then, we invited their parents and our wonderful neighbors and their kids. Our evening was loose, organic, and informal. We followed the classic American tradition of grilling burgers and sipping root beer floats. We chatted, ate, laughed, and enjoyed each otherís company.

If this simple joy is revolution, Iím in.

About the author: Erin Scott - the voice behind Yummy Supper - is an unabashed home cook, voracious eater, and lifestyle photographer. Erinís first cookbook, Yummy Supper: 100 fresh, luscious, and honest recipes from a {gluten-free} omnivore will be published by Rodale Books Spring 2014.

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