I found the Times piece overly stereotyped and obviously not well researched.
For example I know tons of men who drive more interest and get more of the food
storage done than women, it is not strictly a female effort. I know
lots of men who cook and many male chefs, I do most of the cooking in our home
too, so did my grandfather. Cooking is not just a LDS woman's domain, many women
cook in all kinds of families everywhere. All the Mormon food should
have been referred to as generally western as you could walk into any church or
school function and find all the exact same foods as any LDS social function.
Virtually all churches, clubs, and social groups include food or
refreshments.As for generational diversity, I'm nearly 50, I guess
in the generation that is supposed to be meat in gravy crowd, however that was
never the norm for me growing up. We ate foods from all over the world, and both
my parents, and grandparents were all creative cooks, I am too.Lastly the concern of the White House having food storage? It does, it has
food stores for hundreds.
It's a know fact that if you play Mormon Tabernacle Choir records backward, you
get jello recipies !!
Free Agency: I see nothing wrong with a social of desserts. You eat dinner at
home and take a dessert to socialize. You sample a square inch of what looks
good or eat a cookie here and there. Once we had a chocolate pot luck. It was
beautiful and delicious. At work there was a Valentine's "tea" that
was over the top, again beautiful and varied. I do object to the term
"funeral potatoes." Why not party potatoes? I personally eat a ton of
vegetables, a good share of fruit, almond milk. It's up to each of us to do our
best to be and stay healthy.
I hope traditional Mormon dishes *do* get re-interpreted. I've found the
majority of them, as they stand now, to be very unhealthy, with a predominance
of fat, sugar and meat.Since I agree with Mormonism that our bodies
are the temples of our spirits, I think the Word of Wisdom (which honors that
belief) should be updated for modern times. It's a pretty unattractive temple
that's overweight with arteries clogged.I once went to a Mormon
social group, which offered something I thought only Mormons could come up with:
a *dessert* potluck. Sounds good on the surface, but think about it: at a
potluck, you want to try some of everything. That meant 28 desserts. By time
I'd tried just four desserts, my blood sugar was sky high and I'm sure I sounded
drunk. Could the Word of Wisdom really have intended that?My own
religion, Judaism, needs to do the same updating with its kosher rules: e.g.,
shrimp is still forbidden yet partially hydrogenated oils are perfectly