One of the best things about cooking is the bond it creates between people. People who love food love to talk about food and it makes for an instant connection. I was humbled this week by the remarks from a potential employer (I was interviewing for the job), who said to me in so many words ‘I really like that you cook. It tells me you’re nurturing, dedicated, and creative.’ A passionate cook himself, the next few minutes passed quickly swapping recommendations for food writers, cookbooks and the like. Hopefully he found some of my other talents equally impressive.
In any case, I found it quite gratifying to realize this mutual respect that cooks share. We are nurturing. We cook not only because we love food but because we love those who we share it with. We take great pride in our culinary confections. We are fearless in experimenting with strange ingredients and new techniques, stubborn and relentless until they’re perfected. We are sponges for food knowledge, never complacent, feasting on the sheer joy that cooking brings us. In short, we are pretty cool.
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I got a new cookbook! In foodie world, this is considered most exciting news. The concept of ‘foodie world’ amuses me. I often forget that outside foodie world, things like say, Cook’s Illustrated, Tastespotting, or Giada DeLaurentiis, are neither common knowledge nor truly exciting. How sad right? Glad I don’t live there! For instance, the grocery I frequent has Giada coming next week for a book signing and they’ve got flyers at every register advertising the event. And still when I exclaimed to my cashier, ‘Wow, Giada’s coming here?!’ I was met with a blank stare and a puzzled ‘who’? This is what I mean, said cashier needs to take a trip to foodie world.
But I digress. My new cookbook is fantastic! It’s everything I love about a cookbook, mouth-watering photography, inspiring food concepts and a multitude of recipes perfect for each season. And even better, I got this latest cookbook for free! Yep, that’s right. I won a raffle the other week (I know, who does that?) and the prize was a Barnes and Noble giftcard. And in foodie world, is there really any question what one uses a raffle-winning Barnes and Noble giftcard for? Right. Besides I already have the Hunger Games trilogy.
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Posted in Eggplant, Gluten-Free, Lentils, Low Sodium, Low-Fat, Vegetables, Vegetarian
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