Why Mindy Kaling doesn’t think cooking is important; Michael Pollan book club update

mindy-kaling-mindy-project-300x168From this story from Sunday’s Parade magazine about one of my favorite writers/comedians:

She’s not likely to put her sleek state-of-the-art kitchen to frequent use anytime soon. “If you’re in your 30s and busy achieving your professional goals, you’re like, ‘Why is cooking important?’” she says, dipping a veggie into the hot sauce she’s just retrieved from her fridge. But she understands the appeal: “You go to someone’s house for a home-cooked meal and you think, ‘Oh, I get it—the most attractive you can be, male or female, is if you cook.’

“If I had a boyfriend who cooked for me,” adds the currently single star, “that’d be it. I would never stray.”

I must say that, even as a person achieving her professional goals by writing about food, I can’t say that I totally disagree with her about having neither the time nor the energy to cook (or apologize for it).

In the grand scheme of life, cooking is absolutely, imperatively important, but not at the expense of pursuing your dreams. Ideally, you can do both, but that’s another way of asking women to do it all. We don’t expect men to love cooking at their height of their careers, right?

Other highlights from the article: Kaling speaking freely about why she hates being asked about being an actress with “confidence,” which she hears as code for “not white” and “not skinny,” and about how all the questions about why she’s so different from other comedy writers are starting to get old.


Speaking of the importance (or overstated importance) of cooking, our next book club meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Opa, 2050 S. Lamar Blvd. to talk about Michael Pollan’s book “Cooked.”

Mark your calendars for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd., for the book club meeting at Sylvia Plath and Kate Lebo’s Pie Manifesto and “A Commonplace Book of Pie.

You can watch the trailer for Lebo’s new book below. (You’ll notice the date is different than originally planned. That’s because Lebo will be in town on her book tour and will join us in the discussion!)

Join us in person or over on the Facebook group!

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