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?