There seems to be enough new and old evidence that points to the fact that what we eat is of crucial importance on who we become physically and mentally. If we indeed are what we eat, then the role of cooking must be of paramount importance in our lives. It was the food critic Grimod de la Reynìere who said about two centuries ago that "only the vulgar would see no more to a kitchen than saucepans and no more to dinner than dishes".
The main purpose of cooking is to produce foods which nurture us physically and mentally and help us develop our potential as human beings while providing us with a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment. The art is cooking to prepare nutritious foods that turns the eaters on, making the process of being nurtured and of developing ourselves into a pleasure and a feast for our senses. The colors, textures, flavors, aromas on our daily plates will transform into those of our daily lives. Food can and will transform us. When cooking it is important to play with the variety of elements which we have at our disposal, and to stretch our imagination in order to create the world we would like to live in. Daily cooks, more so than the fancy haute cuisine cooks, are the builders of civilization.
So what are some of the elements that we can use to help us create dynamic nourishing foods on which civilizations can continue to be built successfully?
-beautifully prepared foods-