Tag Archives: Kath Younger

Already, we’re starting new projects.

The other night, Hook proposed that we start a new project — to cook one recipe per week from one of the food magazines we receive. At present, we get Bon Appetit and Food Network Magazine, both of which subscriptions were gifted to us, but we used to receive Eating Well, too. (I have to remind myself to reorder E.W.) And, who am I kidding? I’m tempted to order Saveur.

I’m on board with Hook’s plan. I agree that, as long as we’re getting these magazines, we might as well make [token] use of them. That, and we’ve backslid into a serious Comfort Food Consumption Pattern (CFCP) in recent days — think buffalo Boca nuggets, Quadratini wafer cookies, mostly unadorned pasta eaten by the light of the TV. College kid cooking (if you can call it cooking). To our credit, Hook has been busy at work and I’ve been sick. Also to our credit was the nostalgathon dinner we prepared Thursday night: oven fries from Idaho potatoes and grilled cheese (sourdough + pepper jack + sliced tomato). Hook had never before prepared his own grilled cheese: can you believe this? He has now, at least.

The beauty of butter? Um, yes plz.

Anyway. H. and I will be scanning for recipes this afternoon, trying to decide which one will become this week’s experimental dinner. Hint: we probably won’t choose anything from Food Network — a goodly portion of their “recipes” consist of nothing more than tossing cooked green beans with pesto, or adding sautéed veggies to pasta. Hrmmm…

Exciting news! I’m now part of Kath’s blogroll. For those of you who don’t know, Kath Younger is an RD, baker, recipe creator, and oatmeal aficionado who began blogging way back in 2006 to document her journey toward a healthier lifestyle. I began reading Kath Eats Real Food about two and a half years ago at the outset of my own program to eat cleaner, quit smoking, and get to the gym more than once every six months; I’m still an avid reader. It was through reading Kath’s blog that I learned how to cook wheatberries and that I familiarized myself with overnight oats. (Note: though I prefer cold cereal in the morning, I may return to OO to enliven my stale brekkie routine.)

When, a few days ago, Kath posted that she’d be updating her blogroll and that those wishing to be included could send along their info, I was stoked! I emailed Kath right away and I’m glad that she saw fit to include me in her roster. Thank you, Kath, for the inclusion.

That’s all the news for now. If I were into football, I might have planned some excellent Superbowl-attuned cooking project, but no dice. Well, some dice: I might still find occasion to eat nachos (or chug a few beers), but football will be the farthest thing from my mind.


In the news: too little and more than enough.

Two news items caught my eye this morning. The first was Jennifer Larue Huget’s most recent column in which the author fesses up to her love of homemade bread and wonders, rhetorically, whether she’ll be able to reincorporate it into her diet without gaining back the weight that she lost. I feel for her: really, I do. I eat more bread than most anyone I know (save my sis, who outmatches my Love for All Carbohydrates). Homemade bread is especially craveworthy; often, I’ll tear or slice a piece off before the loaf is even cool.

Bread that Hook and I made. I did not eat the whole loaf; the bread was much better than it appears in this pic.

I’m not sure how I feel, though, about Larue Huget’s musings re: striking homemade bread from her diet. As the author herself acknowledges later in the column, bread is part of a balanced diet — a necessary and tasty part, I might add. I’ve certainly taken short hiatuses (hiatii?) from so-called “trigger foods,” but I’ve never ousted them from my diet completely. Rather, I’ll 1) buy or prepare said foods in smaller quantities; 2) save said foods for special occasions; and/or 3) just come to terms with the fact that sometimes I’m going to eat an ass-ton of bread (or licorice, or popcorn), and that’s OK. That the author of a column titled “Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy” promotes a different message concerns me. You?

The second was Kath Younger’s response to a Marie Claire article that casts aspersions on the impact of healthy-living bloggers’ work. I’ve been reading Kath Eats Real Food for almost two years; I found Kath’s posts enormously helpful when I made the decision, about two years ago, to de-junkify my diet. Kath’s blog was a springboard, of sorts,  a place where I found comprehensive archives of healthy recipes, tips for preparing not-totally-common foods (i.e., wheatberries), and a steady stream of enthusiastic rhetoric about making balanced choices, in the kitchen and elsewhere.

This is Kath's picture of her lunch, eaten the same day on which she defended herself against accusations slung by a Marie Claire writer. (Picture by Kath Younger, found on her website.)

Kath’s responses to the questions posed by Katie Drummond are solid. Younger asserts that her blog is meant to depict her life: how cooking, eating, and exercising figure into her daily routine, that “[b]logs are platforms for socialization about whatever topic suits the day. Food is just a conversation starter.” I agree with Younger’s statement that blogs serve much the same purpose as women’s magazines in inspiring those seeking to get healthy — much the same purpose, even, as television, The Internetz, and people within our actual, real-life social networks.

As far as whether “healthy lifestyle” bloggers set a dangerously unrealistic example in terms of how much one should eat versus how much one exercises, that’s up for debate. Kath’s blog doesn’t seem controversial in this regard, but some “health” blogs do. I mean, that’s the nature of the internet, right? People can blog about whatever they like, regardless of the validity of their beliefs.

Really, readers should approach blogs with the same discretion that they bring to anything they read or view: they should consider the author’s identity and motivation, the text’s intended audience, the text’s and author’s larger social/historical/political contexts. Readers should consider their own situations, their own extant and still-forming standards for how they’d like to change their lifestyles (or if they’d even like to change).

I understand why Drummond makes the case that [some] healthy living blogs may undermine truly healthy habits, that some blogs may indeed foster or represent disordered perceptions of food. But a blog isn’t a definitive source of information; just as an op-ed piece represents one person’s view of a subject, so a blog offers an individual the chance to share his or her thoughts about whatever topic, regardless of his/her formal education about that topic. Take it from me: I blog.

What this controversy stems from is hurt feelings about sensational journalism. Was Drummond’s article one-sided? Sure. Is slanted writing common in journalism, especially in women’s magazines? Yes. In this situation, there are two bottom lines: blogs aren’t all-out authoritative, nor are they meant to be, and drama sells, baby!

Now, to bed. There’s no drama that compares to this lady’s early early wakeup time.