Romanesco entered my life in adulthood. Had it shown up earlier, my life could have taken a much different path. Perhaps this website would have been Tangent & Wave instead of Thread & Whisk. Let me explain. I was the kind of kid who played with my food. Not because I didn't like it. Just the opposite. Kind of like daydreaming, but food-dreaming instead. Some habits stick for a lifetime. Years later, peeling roasted beets tests my impulse control to not finger-paint across my kitchen, or at least dab the ruby-colored juice across the lips of anyone nearby. Just looking at romanesco can astound me how nature, design, math and science smacked into each other in no particular order. As a kid, its beautiful spirals would have delighted me and I would have wondered how and why they came to be. As a grownup, the concept of the Fibonacci sequence has meandered through a few math and art classes along the way to explain the spirals, but I'm still in awe every single time I see them.Read More
I have to admit, I'm a planner in just about every area of my life. I love getting the kinks smoothed out ahead of time and just focusing on the task at hand. The one exception is when it comes to meals. I admire people who can plan and shop for a whole weeks worth of meals on a Sunday. My inspiration for cooking seems to come in waves. Sometimes a certain ingredient or dish will come in and out of my mind for a week or so before I have to cook it that night no matter what. Other times, a cookbook or chef will inspire me and I find myself channeling their style for several months. Hello Yotam Ottolenghi.
The thing that inspires me most about cooking is going to the farmers market.Read More