One aspect of being a person who is passionate about food is the opportunity (whether you choose to take it or not) to produce what you eat. I have at several times in the past been able to manage a small-scale garden with moderate success. I enjoyed the time I spent maintaining it almost as a kind of therapy, and not only did I enjoy eating what I grew, but it also gave me a sense of accomplishment to literally reap the fruits of my labor. Before the advent of all those wacky inventions like the steam engine, electricity and Pinterest, we were an agrarian society; most everyone gardened or farmed and produced a sizable portion of what they ate. There is a comfort in knowing , particularly in this age of GMOs and mass-produced “faux” food, precisely where your food came from, what was added to it (if anything), and how many hands were involved in its growth. The increase in popularity of farmers’ markets and farm-to-table restaurants speaks to this notion that doesn’t seem to be waning in popularity.
Baker. Blogger. But mostly, eater. Amy has had a long-standing love affair with food, due in part to her Southern upbringing, and in part to her natural eagerness to both enjoy it and study it at the same time. Her exposure to a wide variety of cuisines, coupled with almost twenty years in the restaurant business has resulted in some pretty strong opinions about food and cooking, and she definitely doesn’t mind sharing them!