Why we eat
I fell in love with cooking once I discovered that I could be just as creative in the kitchen as I was on the stage. Cooking allows for a life time of learning and growth. Even if you cannot travel to the four corners of the globe through the culinary arts you can still sample parts of different cultures and customs through food.
Food gives us a connection to our past. When I was living in Los Angeles I became home sick for NYC and specifically for my mother’s Jamaican cooking. As with all mothers she sent me back after a visiting to LA with salt fish (saltedcod). That morning I decided to make fritters (fried salt fish dumplings). As I was preparing the batter I had an epiphany. With that little piece of fish I was able to make enough fritters to feed an army.
In that one defining moment I became aware how my grandmother was able to feed thirteen children plus two adults with very little money. I understood for the first time where my family came from and how far we had come. My desire to connect to history through food is something of an obsession. I truly believe that food is a great way to understand people and culture identity.
Living here in Italy has been an eye opener. Italian believe in the simplicity of food. They do not like there food to have too many ingredients. Less is more. Marinara is just tomato, a little garlic, oil and love. This simple approach is aided by the wonderful produce that is available here year round. Now that I have been here for nearly two years I have adopted this philosophy of less is more. The recipes that we post here at Gastronomer tend to be simple allowing the food to shine through in all it glory.
As always I wish you happy eating. Together let’s explore artichoke….