It is an honor to have been selected April’s Blog of the Month by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution team. I became a fan of his before he was known as a food activist when a friend raved about a recipe she’d made from her new cookbook The Naked Chef. Once I got past what I assumed to be a typical literal reaction and was relieved of a somewhat disturbing image, I got to hear in detail about the book’s amazing but simple recipes like Rosemary, Garlic, Lemon Marinade, Pork with Peaches and Huge Yorkshire Puddings.
These days, Jamie Oliver is well-known for his pioneering efforts to address the childhood obesity crisis in the U.S. and Great Britain. He is a proponent of cooking in a simple, unadorned way (hence the nickname) mirroring my own Make It Simple Cooking Philosophy which is to:
Stock up on whole staples and fresh produce and proteins, use the guidelines of recipes and your intuition, enjoy what you create and worry not about perfection.
FOOD REVOLUTION DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 16
Next Friday, May 16th is FOOD REVOLUTION DAY, Jamie Oliver’s global call-to-action which he hopes will inspire the cooking and eating of good, real food and raise awareness of how what we eat affects our health and well-being.
The focus this year is on educating kids about food and where it comes from and equipping them with basic cooking skills.
Healthy diets are critical to healthy lives but our children lack the knowledge to make the right food choices or the skills to create healthy, wholesome and nutritious meals. Jamie Oliver
For a list of ideas on how you and your kids, school, workplace or community can participate and celebrate, click HERE.
GETTING KIDS COOKING
What was the trigger that shifted my son from cooking spectator to once-in-a-while initiator and leader in the kitchen?
Had I suggested he make crepes or some other reasonably enticing item on his own, he likely would have insisted that many other priorities took precedence. It was cooking with a small group of classmates for a project that gave him an appreciation for the act of creating something delicious.
If cooking is not a part of the home routine, it is even more imperative that children learn at least the basics of cooking in school.
We need every child to understand where food comes from, how to cook it, and how it affects their body. This is about setting kids up with the knowledge they need to make better food choices for life. Jamie Oliver
Otherwise, as Alice Waters, the founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project who was recently honored one of Time Magazines most influential people of 2014, has said “We’ll pay out back if we don’t pay up front.“
Find a selection of Jamie Oliver’s kid friendly recipes HERE.
MORE ABOUT JAMIE OLIVER
PRIZE WINNING TED TALK: Teach Every Child About Food
RESOURCES for TEACHERS: Toolkits for Change
“These toolkits arm you with facts, empower you with ideas and support you in making real change on the ground. The Food Revolution Team has worked with experts in the field to create toolkits specific to a number of different issues facing our schools. They are meant to be used, printed, shared and passed on! Together we have an opportunity to support schools in making sustainable change.”
BIG RIG TEACHING KITCHEN
The mission of this 70-foot long mobile kitchen is to, through free teacher training, basic home cooking classes and take-home recipes, improve health and spread food education. The 40 week journey to underserved communities across the state of California winds up its tour in San Diego this month. See a schedule of events HERE.
If you’re celebrating Food Revolution Day next Friday, please share your plans below in the comments!