Inspiration is the Word

Books. I love books. I love the smell of old books. I need to get a candle with that scent. My favorite books are mostly of the historical genre, or somewhere thereabouts. I particularly love food history and sociology. It’s fascinating to me how food has influenced our very evolution. We became the humans we are through food. We first hunted and gathered, and then we started to settle down and build our own settlements.

But even before that happened, the fact that we started to cook our food changed the entire game for us. It’s part of the reason why our brains are configured the way they are, and why we became erect in the first place, instead of walking around on four legs. If I had a time machine, I would go back in time to that precise moment when the first human to cook food, took the first bite, and changed everything. If you have Netflix (any self-respecting Millenial is nodding their head yes), I HIGHLY recommend the documentary

It’s fascinating to me how food has influenced our very evolution. We became the humans we are through food. We first hunted and gathered, and then we started to settle down and build our own settlements. But even before that happened, the fact that we started to cook our food changed the entire game for us. It’s part of the reason why our brains are configured the way they are, and why we became erect in the first place, instead of walking around on four legs. If I had a time machine, I would go back in time to that precise moment when the first human cooked their food, took the first bite, and changed everything.

If you have Netflix (any self-respecting Millenial is nodding their head yes), I HIGHLY recommend the documentary Cooked. A-freaking-mazing! If you’re into food and food history, it’s a must-see. It’s a four-episode miniseries by Michael Pollan. The episodes are titled Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Each episode explores the fundamentals and evolution of each element, and how they each played a role in the evolution of food. It is absolutely fascinating! Watch it!

If you’re a reader like me (I love books!), then here’s a list of a few of the titles that influenced my attraction to food and food history:

  •  A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
  • An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
  • Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham (who is featured in Cooked)
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
  • Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin
  • Salt by Mark Kurlansky
  • The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro

 

If you are a movie fan, here are a few of those:

  • Julie and Julia
  • Ratatouille 
  • The One Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Chocolat
  • Burnt
  • Bottleshock

So what is your greatest influence when it comes to food? What inspires you to cook or bake, or simply eat good food? Any good reads? Any good flics to enjoy? Post your recommendations in the comments!

Until Next time!

 

 

 

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