Someone asked me the other day what I hoped to accomplish through Culinary Goddess. Do I want to publish a cook book (or ten)? Do I want to start a YouTube show? Do I want to provide food and coffee science education? Do I want to introduce people to other cultures through their food? Do I want to build and establish a dialogue between people from all walks of life so that they can better understand one another?
The answer to all of this is YES, but how did I answer that question in one sentence?
“I want to become the female Anthony Bourdain… but also highly caffeinated.”
That always gets a few chuckles, but I genuinely mean it. Bourdain was one of my culinary heroes growing up. I want to continue his legacy of introducing people to vastly different cultures through their food.
It starts in the kitchen, after all.
I can guarantee that some of your favorite childhood memories started in the kitchen. That favorite dish your mom or grandmother made? You still crave that as an adult because it made you feel all warm and loved. The act of preparing food for loved ones and friends seems to be an ever-fading ritual in America today.
With busy schedules, drive-thrus, and microwaves, we’ve lost the art of passing down recipes and gathering around the table as families. Dinner is no longer a rite of passage. We’ve forgotten how to bond with other people over the simplest of human needs: nourishment.
Cultures around the world have an incredible amount of identity that begins at the dinner table. You learn so much about another person by sharing a meal with them. Starting at the American dinner table and branching outward, it is my personal goal to encourage people not only get back in touch with their own roots, but to connect with other cultures through shared culinary experiences.
I want you to join me on this journey through new culinary adventures or in my own kitchen as we seek to reconnect with those around our own dinner table… and make room for more at the World Table.
In my opinion, sharing a meal is the first step to peace and understanding.