I’ve been trying to figure out how I became interested in food.
My brother-in-law was a foodie while my husband and I were dating and gave us Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything for a wedding present. We’ve used it so much that the book is broken now, and has been for several years.
We bought a house and got a dog (some might say we bought a house to get a dog), which got me paying attention to what I was feeding him. This was late 2007, after the pet food recall, so I was interested in reading labels, since he couldn’t. We fed him a certain brand for a while and then I realized that the main ingredient was cornmeal. I think cornmeal is a fine main ingredient…for cornbread or polenta, but not for my dog’s food. So, we switched him to Wellness brand, which has chicken as the first ingredient.
I think it was around then that I realized if I was going to care that much about what my dog ate, I should care at least as much about what I eat (and cook). My transition away from processed foods definitely started after we had the house. I remember having Hamburger Helper in the panty at one point, which is something I don’t buy anymore.
I’m sure that having a yard and starting to garden made me more aware of what I was eating. Also, our house isn’t very far from downtown, where there is a fabulous farmers’ market and some great restaurants that list local farms as a source for their ingredients.
A couple years ago, K was looking for a hobby and tossed out the idea of being a foodie. I thought it was brilliant and that we should be foodies together. He ended up settling on some other hobby (I don’t think it stuck for long) and I became a foodie on my own. Once I read books like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Mark Bittman’s Food Matters and saw the movie, Food Inc. I was hooked.
I work full-time in IT, have one amazing husband (K), zero kids, and one super cool dog (James). Food is my hobby and this is my blog.