My father got stomach flu one day when we were visiting. He said afterwards that he never noticed how all of our family conversations were about food (he had to spend the rest of the day in a different room so he couldn’t hear us).
Eventually I noticed that most of my thoughts every day were also about food – when I wake up, I think about what’s for breakfast. All morning I think about lunch. I plan dinners a week in advance, unless it’s for a vacation – then I can plan dinners a year in advance! I get very depressed by bad or disappointing food. For many years now my husband and I have kept a journal. It occasionally features jobs, weather, general activities, etc. – but it always, always, includes what we had for dinner. If we know what we ate, then we know what the day was like.
Food for me isn’t just nutrition, or even comfort. It’s a meaningful way of giving texture to everyday life, as well as the best way to celebrate anything. I want everything I eat to be interesting and delicious, and I want to challenge myself, not just in what I cook, but in what I am able to appreciate. I have a long way to go, but I like to think I’m making progress.
So if you love to think, talk or obsess about food, welcome! I use this space as an outlet for my photography, restaurant reviews, recipes, a cooking journal and any ongoing food-related thoughts I might be having. Feel free to comment, and let me know what kind of food you may be thinking about!