Until a few years ago, I always thought I liked to cook. The truth is I liked to make food because there is a big difference between preparing food and cooking. I feel I've really only learned the difference in the last year or so when Tom and I switched to plant based whole foods. (I mean that as a comment on myself and not the cuisine because there are cooks in other cuisines, obviously.)
It wasn't until that change that I really started to learn food bases, and how those bases fit together to form a meal, and how certain spices can enhance or detract from those decisions. It sounds so simple, really, but it wasn't. I can actually create a dish from scratch now based on all these flavors I know and before it just wasn't like that for me. And sometimes when I'm making a meal from this cookbook I'm photographing I wonder how on earth all these flavors can combine themselves to be something so delicious, but they always do. Cooking, truly cooking, is a puzzle I will forever enjoy.
Pictured are the meatballs for our "meatball soup".