Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bloggers aid!

Today, it is not a recipe post, but a post about Blogger Aid - an initiative taken by food bloggers across the world to create healthy recipes for the cookbook by Blogger Aid.
For us, it all started with me browsing through blogs and finding out about this courageous initiative by Val and Giz. To be frank, I don't know either of them or their blogs. However, this cause is truly important and both A and I do believe in it. In addition, we feel that since food bloggers are in charge of this initiative, the food will be healthy and real, unlike a lot of meals served in schools nowadays. One of our recipes - Nombu Adai (Steamed Rice-Lentil 'cakes') is also in there.

I realize now after so many years that I'm this strong and immune, all thanks to the healthy food that my parents force-fed me (ya, that pumpkin sambar made the difference, I think) In a time where childhood obesity has raised its ugly head everywhere thanks to the omnipresent junk food, food that is cheap, such an initiative screams for attention. I really didn't think this much about food until I started cooking food myself 2 years ago. Food politics and food in schools is not as much an issue in India (our home country) as it is in the USA (where we live, currently) But what both the countries share is probably young hungry children. While it is difficult to believe that a country like the USA can have children who go to bed hungry, it is unimaginable to think of the rest of the countries which are not as privileged as the US in a lot of other aspects.
So, why is this initiative important, you may ask. The point here is that every time someone writes a post cribbing about hungry children, food issues, famine, diseases, we always, always blame the Government and the official bodies. What I feel, a lot of us don't realize is how we can change the world we live in. In little ways. I know a lot of you do small things that change the way you live, that is making this world probably a little better for your kids, here is one more thing. All of the proceeds go towards WFP's School Meals Programme. The site should give you more information about the exact numbers of the children benefitting from this initiative.
All of us have come a long way from the old times when cooks wouldn't share their recipes. Now, you can go an extra step forward and buy this book, promote this book among family and friends. Remember what Margaret Mead said?
"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." And we are that small group.


Jaya Wagle said...

That is such an apropos post coming on the heals of me force feeding my 4 year old some chole and roti yesterday night. He is a fussy eater and I cook almost everyday for him. But when I look at his friends, who subsist on boxed mac-n-cheese, frozen chicken nuggets and McD, I thank my stars for my fussy eater, who will not eat junk food.
Childhood hunger is a real thing and so evident when I visit India. Every street corner and food joint has an assortment of kids, begging for food or foraging in the dumpsters. Unfortunately there is not much one can do till a cause like WFP comes along. Thank you for highlighting it.

Cakelaw said...

Hear, hear. I've ordered my copy - can't wait!

Sakshi said...

Way to go food bloggers :)

Shyam said...

I'm in.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I'm really looking forward to this book, and so thrilled that so many of my friends are in it!

Aparna said...

Well said! And I'm keeping you company in the book. :)

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