In the case of cooking, the word is still often found in a derogatory sense with some people suggesting that “cook” is synonymous with food that is either “tasteless”, “delicately cooked”, “nasty” or “wasteful.” There are some good reasons to be wary of saying this though.
First of all, we’re not talking about “clean and simple”, we’re talking about food that’s a lot like cooking. These words have a long history of being used as derogatory terms, with the word “cheese” possibly dating back to the Old English term “cheffel”, which originally referred to someone who was bad at or simply poor at cooking.
The word “cooking”, on the other hand, isn’t associated with the use of a knife to cut a piece of meat or prepare a simple dish.
The word “chef” is used to refer to people who have mastered the art of serving food. Although most people who say this are speaking from a perspective of someone who is trying to be “chef” they can still use the word in a way that is positive and helpful to cook.
We tend to think of food as something that we have in our pantry, kitchen, freezer, refrigerator, and refrigerator cabinet, and often times that’s all we can think of. But when there are a great many different ways of eating food, can it still be considered food?
The Food Network’s “Food Wars” segment “The Ultimate Guide To A Food Revolution” provides a unique perspective on how modern food is being consumed today by people who have no idea how much it costs, and by people in poor and food-infested areas who have nothing to buy themselves. “How does food cost?” they ask, with a straight face.
“How much does food cost in dollar? And are there any limits to how fast you can cook? And can you get the nutrition high you need in this highly processed world?” Well, thanks to food writer and author Jon Krakauer, the short answer is: not entirely.
For one thing, Krakauer notes that many foods don’t have to cost $3.50. They’re just inexpensive. And there’s nothing in “the laws of economics that define a cost in dollars as the same as in pounds,” he writes in the video above.