17 March 2017, St Patrick's Day, before sunrise...
I love NetFlix. I love the control it gives me and the lack of on screen advertising. What I sometimes miss is the advertising for new (to me) programming I might enjoy.
So, I was intrigued when I stumbled upon a documentary called "Cooked."
This documentary is based upon a book of the same title written by Michael Pollan. It consists of 4 approximately 1-hour episodes corresponding to the 4 elements (fire, water, air, and earth) and the 4 fundamental methods of food preparation. It examines the history and science of these methods. It is fascinating.
If you truly enjoy food preparation. If you want to learn more about food preparation. If you have a bit of an anthropology bug. Or if you just like to eat. This documentary will not disappoint.
After watching the series twice, I purchased the book. I haven't finished it, yet. But, wow!
Cooking as Creativity
Cooking can be a creative act. At the very least, unless you merely heat something up, it is an act of MAKING and gratifying as such. I cook as often as I can. Sometimes, though seldom, I work directly from a recipe; this is MAKING. Sometimes, I work totally from "instinct" using what I have on hand, considering the likes and dislikes of my family, thinking about what I'm hungry for, and coming up with something totally unique; this is CREATING. More often, it's something in between working with memories of recipes and the restrictions of the pantry. This last is less creative, but still qualifies. At either end of the spectrum, cooking can and should be fun and gratifying. And you get to eat the results!