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Quote of the Day: Ruth Reichl

December 5th, 2017

“Alice would have snickered derisively at the notion, but she was the first person I ever met who understood the power of cooking. She was a great cook, but she cooked more for herself than for other people, not because she was hungry, but because she was comforted by the rituals of the kitchen. It occurred to her that others might feel differently, and I was grown before I realized that not every six-year-old would consider it a treat to spend entire afternoons in the kitchen.” 

-Ruth Reichl in Tender at the Bone

Recently, I read this book at LOVED it. My childhood was filled with all sorts of delicious and exotic food. Since I grew up in South America, I was able to taste all manner of strange and wonderful things: plantain, fresh coconut right off the tree, yucca, guanabana, and so much more. Thankfully, pickiness was not in my blood, I loved food–all food.

Naturally, since I loved eating and food, cooking became an passion early in life. When I was Jr High and High School, I did the majority of the cooking for my family.

For me, cooking in a creative outlet and it’s comforting. Spending a day in the kitchen making good meals is very enjoyable, and relaxing. I always joke that cooking is my spiritual gift.

Do you enjoy cooking? Do you enjoy eating? What’s your favorite exotic food?

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Ruth Reichl”
  1. Nebraska Dave on December 5, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Susy, yeah, I’m not so much a creative cook. I cook from necessity. Yes, I certainly do enjoy eating. However, I’ve had to teach those that eat with me the art of slow eating. So many folks gulp down there food and are done in 10 minutes. I like to have good conversation while eating and perhaps a time after the meal while still at the table for a hot drink (coffee, tea, or some thing other). It’s really tough to get people to slow down when eating and enjoy the event.

    When left alone without others to cook for, I do like the entire event of fixing a meal, eating the meal, and even the cleanup after the meal. It some times takes quite a long time for the entire meal even though I’m the only one eating. I enjoy every moment of my solitude and every moment of my socialization. It’s a great balance of both worlds.

    Have a great day in the kitchen.

    Nebraska Dave

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  2. MC on December 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    That looks like ajiaco!

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  3. Joan on December 6, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I don’t enjoy cooking, at least for myself (lucky you, Nebraska Dave, for enjoying this – I wish I did). I do enjoy cooking for other people, but more for a special event than on a regular basis. I love a good meal though – eating with friends is one of lifes greatest pleasures!

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