Re "Your friend, the kitchen," Opinion, May 21
How refreshing to read Paul Roberts' article about the ironies of America's food culture. Given that we are inundated with 24-hour TV food programming and the rise of celebrity chefs, a visiting foreigner might think that Americans take a great personal interest in cooking, but the opposite is true.
Considering that the heart of our nation's food basket lies in Central California, it is ironic that people haven't taken a greater personal interest in food, cooking and the art of celebration. Instead, people have allowed corporate America to direct and define our relationship with food. It's unfortunate.