The Great Boxed Mac and Cheese Debate

What are your feelings about macaroni and cheese from a box? Many people grew up loving the stuff. In fact, some folks never outgrew this love at all. It’s also gobbled up at an alarming rate in dorm rooms and in cheap apartments near colleges. What’s not to love about it? It’s quick and easy to make, and it’s inexpensive. However, the popular dinner recently became the topic of one food critic’s analysis.

Devra First wrote an article under an ominous headline asking parents if they would ever feed their children macaroni and cheese from a box. The question suggests a responsible parent would not. Macaroni and cheese from a box utilizes a powdery cheese. This cheese, First suggests, may contain harmful chemicals. If this isn’t enough, First also argues that homemade macaroni and cheese tastes so much better. However, notwithstanding this evidence that boxed macaroni and cheese is somehow beneath enlightened people, First still admits to cooking and making it for her son. The question is why?

First attempts to unpack this question that seems to be trending in the food world. Is it okay to be snobbish about comfort foods? Do we always need to be utilizing choice ingredients for our meals cooked at home? Is it someone how privileged and elitist to look down on others eating prepackaged food? The answers she finds to these questions are intriguing. Yes, it is somewhat elitist to insist upon fresh ingredients and home cooking. However, it is also a great privilege to live in a world where the food supply is abundant enough to allow for this luxury. First argues it would be foolish of us to miss out on that privilege.

What do you think? Would you feed your children macaroni and cheese from a box without any guilt? Let us know!