I strongly believe the cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle and healthy relationships, in and out of the home, is an ability to share stories and connect over shared meals.
Dinners at my house growing up were required. We all sat down to eat at the same time, sans television, and we shared our day. I am convinced it made the largest impact in my life and that every family should make a point to sit down together. If you don’t have a family you could start a tradition with friends, roommates or any hungry soul willing to share a meal and a good conversation.
My parents were creative cooks. Always exploring new recipes and cookbooks which they discussed over dinner. As kids are known to do, my brother and I mocked them fiercely.
When I moved out and had to cook for myself I really realize the blessing of those meals and the importance they played in my life. Many phone calls home, long distance from California to Indiana, is how I initially learned how to cook. With the guidance of my parent’s tutoring, lots of reading and a lot of trial and error I earned my chops in the kitchen over the last 2 decades.
Because of my belief in the importance of shared meals, I think everyone should encourage the practice and teach others how to carry it on. Cooking is a form of storytelling and we will lose an important piece of our culture and community if we don’t make the effort to pass it on.
I also believe everyone should have equal opportunity and access to real food, food education, and cooking education. I am seeking out people and places that are making an impact in these areas. Both to feature on the blog and podcast, and to donate my time and money.
Learning about ourselves and each other is fundamental to our health and happiness. As fundamental as the food we eat, we must nourish our minds as well. The process of sharing experiences with each other is a key way to do this.
I look forward to sharing my stories, hearing yours and creating new conversations about food.