While we reminisce about the good old days when artisanal, heirloom, and seasonal foods were the norm, we overlook the more complicated truth about an era that saw more limits than possibilities, says Denver Post food editor Tucker Shaw.

Compared to the time his 93-year-old grandmother grew up in, we have at our fingertips the luxury of choice, plentitude, and diversity. As Tucker explains, “These days, home canners and backyard gardeners may think they’re reviving the past, but they aren’t, not really. The processes look familiar, but the reasons are different. This kind of thoughtful, ‘slow’ cooking is no longer a chore—it is a choice. And this is not a renaissance. This is something entirely new.”

At this moment in history when we have an unprecedented amount of choice about what we eat, we’ve become too blasé about our food—all while we  grow increasingly obsessed with it. We would all do well to be more like Shaw’s grandmother, whose life’s experiences have blessed her with “a reverence for even her humblest meals.”

[via The Denver Post]