- Farmer’s Market Haul, 8/4/2009
I’m a filmmaker and film teacher based in Chicago. Over the last year, my journal has slowly transformed into a diary of cooking and eating. Recipes and photos of beautiful food. Thoughts about appetite. Things I ate in Paris. Quotes from M.F.K. Fisher, like this one:
“People ask me: Why do you write about food, and eating, and drinking? Why don’t you write about the struggle for power and security and about love, the way others do?
They ask it accusingly, as if I were somehow gross, unfaithful to the honor of my craft.
The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry. But there is more than that. It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one.” – MFK Fisher, The Gastronomical Me.
Over the last year or so, I’ve really transformed the way I eat. Influenced by two trips to Paris and books like Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and In Defense of Food, I’ve been trying to “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” I think that there are health benefits and karma benefits and, best of all, extreme deliciousness benefits from knowing where my food comes from and choosing things that were grown with care and love.
I also live in Chicago, a great food town that allows me to sample delicious things from all over the world. My neighborhood grocery store carries five different kinds of feta. I could post for a month about the delicious things to eat located within a fifteen minute walk from my door. So, inspired by the Paupered Chef and 101 Cookbooks, and The Smitten Kitchen, and Eli Cooks, and hundreds of others…I will cook food and then take pictures of that food.
For more information, see the post What Fat People Eat.