Cooking Improves Nutrition (duh)

Let’s file this under “well, of course:”

New research shows that cooking and gardening are good for kids’ diet and nutrition.

I love science!

a gardening, nutrition, and cooking intervention is a promising approach to improve dietary intake and attenuate weight gain in Latino children, particularly in those who are overweight.

This research is particularly cool because it indicates that not only does cooking (and gardening, at which I am terrible) lead kids to eat better food, but it can also lead to improvements in weight management. As far as I’m concerned, teaching kids to feed themselves should be a goal worthy of working toward in it own right, and it’s awesome to see that research backs up its worth.

Science! It’s awesome!

Hat tip to Urban Farm Hub for turning me on to this!

Culture Kitchen SF – pure awesome

Probably nobody will be surprised to learn that I am totally jealous of the people of San Francisco. Just generally, actually. All that fog, you know…

But specifically, today I am jealous of Culture Kitchen, a program that teaches regional cuisine by, guess what, employing people who grew up cooking in that tradition as instructors.

I want to go to there, so bad. I can cook my way around some decent (enough for my border palate) Mexican food, and Indian, meh. But dudes. Vietnamese? Yes. UKRAINIAN?! I don’t know why I need to yell that, but yes please. I know not one thing about Ukrainian food. Sign. Me. UP!

Bay Area people, have you heard of this yet? Will you please, please go take a class and tell me all about it?