World Chefs: Moulton touts benefits of family dinners

Tue May 11, 2010 5:11pm EDT
 
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - American chef Sara Moulton, in her latest book "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners," makes the point that more home-cooked dinners will result in improved health and more quality family time.

The former executive chef of Gourmet Magazine, which folded late last year, hopes to inspire home cooks to broaden their meals beyond the "same 10 recipes over and over again."

Moulton spoke to Reuters about how to liven up family meals, her 23 years at Gourmet and why U.S. southerners may be the best home cooks:

Q: Healthy eating is garnering more attention these days. What is your view on this subject?

A: "If you start with fresh ingredients and bulk up with vegetables and fruits, you will definitely be in better shape than buying all that processed food, which it seems to be not going away. I'm talking about buying the cans and boxes. They are loaded with additives and sodium. Not that I'm against salt, I want to control it myself, but a lot of people are that way. They call that "cooking." I see a trend back to that, which I find very disturbing."

Q: Why are Americans not eating healthier?

A: "Part of it is that fast food is really cheap. It's cheap in terms of how much it costs, and it takes no time to make because you buy it. And by the way, it's loaded with sugar, fat and salt, all three of which are completely addictive. I think that's really the problem. It's an unhealthy affordability."

Q: What do you say to parents who say they don't have time to make the dishes in your new book?   Continued...

 
<p>Sara Moulton in her latest book "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners" said more home-cooked dinners will result in improved health and more quality family time. REUTERS/Courtesy of Sara Moulton/Handout</p>