I'm a member of Slow Food UK and picked this up from their latest newsletter. It's a kind of '12 commandments' of eating well and although you could pick holes in some of these statements, they are a prompt to getting more out shopping, cooking and eating and lifting these activities above the level of chores.
1. Give yourself (some) pleasure.
Take the time to taste and pay attention to your senses: this is the best way to eat well.
2. Bring the seasons to the table.
Each season rediscover the pleasure of tastes you haven’t experienced for a year.
3. Think global, eat local.
Choose products from farmers and growers near to your home: you will help to strengthen the local economy and the links between people living in your area.
4. Eat something you have grown…
…and grow something you eat. This is the best way to get in touch with nature.
5. Meet farmers, growers, artisans and specialized sellers in person.
Buy products with a short chain (through farmer’s markets, purchasing groups) or from artisans (bakers, cured meat and cheese makers) or from specialized competent sellers.
6. Be Inquisitive.
When in a shop, restaurant, bar or supermarket, ask questions about product quality.
7. Choose products of animal origin with particular care.
When you eat meat, always choose grass pasture products (veal, lamb) or free range products (pork, poultry).
8. Vary your diet to defend agricultural biodiversity.
Try rare and unusual varieties of potatoes, cereals, fruit and vegetables.
9. Eat natural wholefoods, choose non-processed products.
Processed ready-to-eat foods contain many modified food products and fats of low nutritional value.
This is the best way to save money and know exactly what you are eating. It is a daily pleasure you can give yourself and those you love.
11. Spend better, spend less.
Eating better does not necessarily mean spending more, don’t cut down on quality.
12. Become a taste explorer.
Educate children, friends and acquaintances about the true pleasure of eating.
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