Slow Living Sunday | Coffee + The Food of a Younger Land
Good morning! I hope you all are having a restful weekend. Today is an especially relaxing day for us. Friday I went dress shopping for my friend Lauren’s wedding (yay!) and yesterday my hubby and I went on our first movie date in a very VERY long time (2 years!).
Today my focus is on self-care via a warm cup of coffee and this delightful book - The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky.
In a nutshell, the book focuses on a time when food in America was seasonal, regional, and reflected the unique customs and cultures of the people who ate it. The first section starts with all of the Northeastern states and as the book progresses it works through the South, Middle West, and Far West eats. It ends with the Southwest and an informal biography of traditional cookbooks from each region.
Needless to say, I’m in heaven.
I love food and everything about it - the various cuisines, utensils, methods, and rich history behind the substances that provide us with fuel for living. While I love fast food just as much as the next person (what would life be like without Whatabuger!?), it does make me sad to know that “cooking as a family” is starting to become a foreign concept.
Some of my fondest memories are of me and my dad shucking corn together on the patio, setting a container of sweet tea out on the roof to brew, and then sitting down to eat dinner with my mom, who I’d also assisted in making the mashed potatoes and meatloaf - we were a big carb eating family ;)
Those are the memories that come to mind for me, especially while reading this book. The culinary experience collection of my memory doesn’t include any one particular meal from Micky D’s or KFC., because there was no variation in those experiences - every hamburger or piece of chicken from such restaurants is built to be the exact same no matter what. At home, spice blends could be mixed up, a different pan used for a better sear, and so on.
My hope is that we can move away from merely consuming food and back to a stance of understanding and savoring the meals we eat.
O.K. I’m off my soapbox now. The rest of my day involves a quick 15 minute yoga flow and perhaps a sudzy bubble bath with a glass of wine. 🍷
What are your plans for the day? #SlowLivingSunday