It's been an emotionally gruelling couple of days for many of us. When senseless violence like the bombings in Boston erupts I find myself grasping for comfort, for anything that makes my life feel safe, stable, and nurturing. Last night when I got home from work I hugged my son. And then I went right into the kitchen and made bean burritos. They were exactly what I needed.
Later that night I happened to see a video of a food writer I follow, Jennifer Perillo. Jennie talks about why she cooks -- to seek refuge, to inspire, and to remember. She's survived her own tragedy -- and she's found her comfort and resilience in her kitchen.
Jennie's husband died of a heart attack about a year and a half ago. He left behind two daughters. I remember when this happened, and how Jennie kept blogging through the whole ordeal. It was incredible. You might wonder how she could keep cooking and writing, but I believe that was the only way she could have gone on. And I'm not at all surprised to hear that she has a new cookbook out, Homemade With Love.
Because Jennie gives out so much love through her blog and her cooking, she got a lot of love back from the community. And I think that's how a lot of us feel about cooking. The more love you put into it, the more it gives back to you. I especially like what Jennie says about leaving your fears behind when you enter the kitchen. You have to stop being afraid of making mistakes. Let go of small imperfections and expand your vision -- it's about making memories, finding comfort in routines, and about nurturing yourself and your family.
This video is a little on the long side -- about ten minutes. But it's lovely, and it's worth the time.
Do you feel the same way about cooking?
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