Food is more than just sustenance. It brings people together, and it always has. Sharing food with friends, family, and even strangers has a profound impact on not only the people receiving the food, but the one giving it. Food is comfort, it is safety, it is the thing that binds us all together. We use food to celebrate and to mourn, to show love and to show care. It brings people together in a way that nothing else can. Family’s gather around the dinner table, even if just on holidays and share food, company, stories, love, life and laughter. I think that is why I do what I do, and why I have done it for so long. Being a professional cook allows me to share food with people, and in turn it allows me to share joy. It is this thing, this bringer of hope and happiness that we must treat with respect. We must show care for our food as it is being given to the ones we most care for. We must care for and respect our ingredients be it beast or plant because these things have given their life to sustain ours.
How you respect food is by using it and not wasting it. Respect food by not buying only boneless skinless chicken breast, but a whole chicken and using the whole animal. Buy beets with the greens intact and use the whole plant. Beet greens are delicious and healthy steamed with a little butter, salt and pepper, and vinegar. Know where your food comes from. Buy from farmers markets when you can and demand that your supermarket buy local when it can. Eat real food. Prepackaged chemical laden “food” is not only bad for you, your family, and the environment, it just isn’t food. Cook! Cook food! It is not difficult. You have the internet. You have all of humanity’s knowledge at your finger tips and a lot of it has to do with food. Cooking doesn’t have to take hours and hours, it doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be quick, fun, and easy. It is important.
I am not a health nut, or a nutritionist. I’m not pushing a paleo diet, or telling you not to eat chips sometimes. I am simply a cook. A person who loves food and cares about it. A person who is tired of standing behind people at the grocery store and seeing carts in front of me full of nothing but garbage. As someone who has made food my life and livelihood it breaks my heart to see people not cooking, or eating good food. It is not difficult and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
That is what this blog is about. Helping people realize that food is not hard. That understanding ingredients, and what to do with them is more than half the battle. This is not so much about health for me. I love butter and salt and will continue to use and eat them until I die. This is about food and cooking. This is about education. Finally, it is about me sharing the greatest gift I or anyone else has to give. The gift of food.