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Milky Way

In our Healthy + Whole series, we’ve been exploring what keeps people out of the kitchen. So far, we’ve talked about time and fear. Now, let’s talk inspiration.

I can’t cook.

This is something I used to say to myself on a regular basis, so much so that it became my reality. It was pretty accurate, but really only because I didn’t want to cook. I could think of 20 better things I could do with my time. I wasn’t inspired.

Somehow, through a series of events and different people coming into my life, that changed. My business partner started to share her love of fine cuisine. I tasted the best food I’d ever eaten from a local woman chef. Our friends impressed us with homemade sushi, which spawned a regular dinner party rivalry. We read the book Food Matters, which made us start to care about what we ate. We watched Julia Child and her exuberant enthusiasm for food and cooking. We discovered farmer’s markets, full of passionate people and the freshest ingredients we’d ever brought home.

We got inspired. Suddenly food and cooking mattered. We were connected to a host of inspiring people who taught us food could be exciting: a place of passion, creativity, and love.

What about you — who (or what) inspired you to cook? Or, do you need inspiration to get started?

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  1. Laurel Miltner

    I was “inspired” to cook initially out of necessity. As a college student, I didn’t have the money to go out to eat all the time, so it was either frozen / boxed meals or teaching myself to do it from scratch. Admittedly, I did a lot of the former in my early 20s, but as I learned to cook for myself (thanks to endless hours of the Food Network), I began enjoying the experience of cooking, and of making tasty food that made not only me, but also my friends and family that I cooked for, nourished and happy.

    As I grew older, I began to pay a lot more attention to what I was eating and where it came from. Today, I’m in a CSA and shop at farmers markets—a big change from my Giant Eagle days. I read cookbooks and food industry books like novels, and I find cooking and baking to be such a peaceful and enjoyable time.

    For me, cooking healthy, sustainable food is a hobby worth putting the time into. And, sharing that food with friends and family, and seeing their faces when they enjoy something you made, is one of the greatest experiences.

    1. Sonja

      Thank you for sharing this, Laurel! This sounds a lot like my story. I was all about the boxed and frozen meals until my later 20′s, when I started learning how to enjoy the experience of cooking as well. It took a lot of time and trial and error, but brought so much joy too, as you mentioned here. Alex and I couldn’t agree more that cooking is a hobby worth putting time into! Thanks for writing and we’re glad to connect.

  2. sandra

    Making pretty things inspires me. I am an artist by schooling but have not had the time or space to fulfill this aspect of my life. Instead I make pretty photos of the food I prepare.

    1. Sonja

      How fun! Art inspires us as well. We love the ability to be artistic with food – and then be able to eat it! We love functional art, so cooking is a top art form in our book :)

  3. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete}

    I don’t really remember what initially inspired me. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and baking for as long as I remember. As a little girl, I didn’t play dress up or play dolls. I cooked and baked with my mom and grandma. Being in the kitchen is stress relief for me. I guess my inspiration was the challenge of cooking/baking great tasting food.

    1. Sonja

      What a neat childhood – so wonderful that your mom and grandma could impart cooking and baking skills to you. And now you have an outlet for stress relief as well! Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Jacqueline

    Being cast adrift as a student encouraged me to learn,but I didn’t really get passionate about food and cooking until I became a vegetarian.

  5. Emily

    YOU inspired me. When I went vegetarian a couple of years ago, I was determined to do it well, so I started searching the web for new and interesting recipes and stumbled upon your blog. Your blog led me to a rich community of blogs, all dedicated to healthy, seasonal and (mostly) vegetarian cooking. These blogs have made it exciting and easy to be a vegetarian. There is always something new to try!

    1. Sonja

      Gosh, what a nice thing to say – thank you! We’re flattered. It is fun to think about the ways different people inspire each other — and now with the internet, people all around the world can inspire! Thank you for your kind words.

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