The Gleeful Gourmand: Focus! (Or Lack Thereof)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Focus! (Or Lack Thereof)

One of the things holding me back from starting this blog was the fact that I don’t really have a “true” focus. While I’m saying the focus is food, and more specifically our emotional connection to food, I’m not always going to write about food. I expect to go on tangents sometimes that may have nothing at all to do with food, except maybe that I’m eating food while writing it. And I hope that’s okay. I mean, of course it’s okay, but I hope it doesn’t make anyone roll their eyes and say, “Oh geez, another rambler. Isn’t this blog supposed to be about FOOD?!”

Of course if that person is typing in caps, or really yelling that, then maybe that person has some anger issues they need to work out, and should be focusing on that rather than my blog. See what I did there? I digressed.

What you need to know about me, and this blog, is: I love food. It’s really simply. One of the things I love most besides eating food is reading about food. My favorite part in books, even as a youngster, was reading people’s descriptions of food. When an author can describe a scene revolving around food so well that it makes your mouth water, and your stomach grumble, that’s a great success. I also really enjoy reading not only cookbooks, but also books by chefs like Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential”, or Dalia Jurgensen’s “Spiced”. And don’t even get me started on what I consider to be one of my favorite books of all time, Judith Jones’s “The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food”. Check out the sidebar for some of my favorite books about food to the left.

I also love watching food being prepared, which is why my default channel is always Food Network. I can’t even begin to express how enticing it is for me to see a cook or chef prepare something and hear the passion in their voice, and the gleam of excitement in their eyes as it all comes together. I’ve also learned a tremendous amount about cooking and tricks from watching Food Network.

And, of course, I love to eat food. Someone once referred to me as a “foodie," and I was honestly shocked to be labeled that. Mostly because I have no clue what a “foodie” really is. It sounds slightly sinister, and let’s be honest, kind of snobby. The person who called me the name meant it as a compliment (I think). But I want to make one thing clear: I am not a snob when it comes to food. Yes, I know a fair amount about food, mostly because I read a lot about food, but I’m still learning every day. I can create an elaborate meal, but that doesn’t mean it’s my favorite meal to create. I have absolutely zero desire to become a chef or work in a kitchen restaurant. As I mentioned, I read “Kitchen Confidential” and that pretty much squashed that romantic notion. I love eating at foodie-type restaurants, but I’m not above admitting that every time I think about going to Chick-Fil-A I get really, really excited. And luckily, since I have a toddler, I eat there once a week.

So, all that being said, I didn’t want to give the wrong impression about this blog – that I’m only going to be talking about cutting-edge trends and the best restaurants, or what have you. On the contrary, what I’ll mostly be doing is writing about food and our emotional response to it. And hopefully we’ll all have a lot of fun along the way.


Kirsten Oliphant said...

Foodie! :) I like that you're an ACCESSIBLE foodie, in that you admit freely that you eat at Chick-Fil-A. I'm not into those food snob people. So thanks for loving food in a way I can relate to.

Elizabeth W said...

In response to descriptions of food, what about movie scenes of food? In particular, the infamous scene of "Show me how the piggy goes"!

Jenna said...

I like that, Liz! In fact, just the other night Buck did the same thing with Liam while we were eating meatloaf, except he made him eat like a dinosaur to get him to eat. It worked! (But wasn't nearly as hilarious as the kid from a Christmas Story). :)

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