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Old 07-22-2005, 01:15 PM   #21
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Cooking is a very spiritual activity, I think, by it's very nature, When I'm cooking a meal (and I notice this while brewing beer as well) it's different from other hobbies because it's accomponanied by the realization that I'm CREATING something.

Fishing is another of my hobbies, and when stuff on the boat isn't breaking, it's a peaceful, relaxing activity, but when I'm making something in the brewery or in the kitchen, there's just something more that goes along with it. I'm not sure I completely understand it, but I go with it anyway.

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Old 07-22-2005, 01:52 PM   #22
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No disrespect intended but I disagree thast cooking is a spiritual activity because you are creating something. I would call it a creative activity.

IMO, spititual is becoming an overused word. Read this definition posted by Constance: "Spirituality is a hard thing to explain, but I found this definition: 'devotion to metaphysical matters, as opposed to worldly things.'..."

Cooking is working with worldly things.

Sometimes to accept a challenge to accomplish something you've never done before, like making a turducken. Sometimes to imagine you stand with the great chefs of the past by creating a killer Boeuf Bourguignon. Sometimes to fulfill a nostalgic need to recreate a recipe that has a comforting connection to a passed family member (mom's vegetable soup). I know I do that, but I see it as trying to recreate a happy memory, to maintain a link with a loved one and to be able to eat the foods I love.

I'm finished with this soap box, anyone else want it?
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Old 07-22-2005, 02:51 PM   #23
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Simply stated for me spirituality is something that affects my soul - and cooking affects my soul.
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Old 07-22-2005, 03:31 PM   #24
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Because of my personality type, for me, it's more about creativity, achievement, and self-gratification than anything else. Oh, and it's pretty fun too.
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Old 07-22-2005, 03:44 PM   #25
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it's pretty fun too.
It's supposed to be fun??

I just had an insight into both sides as I have been on both sides. I also like the achievement and gratificaiton of having it all come together in the end -

Ironchef - See YOU do this for a living - you have to look at it totally different than me - I can get in the kitchen and start doing what I feel like - whatever need I need satisfying that's what I make - YOU have to get it done and get it done now and you only have one shot at it.

Allen - I think you probably have to look at it that way also (not have to but let's face it you go in and get the work done - yes you like it but you are there because that's where your creative outlet is - in a well-thought out dish. When I actually worked in a kitchen there was actually nothing spiritual about it - it was absolutely the gratification and creativity of every dish looking the best it can when it leaves your kitchen.

But in my little kitchen when I cook for my family I become nostalgic and it feeds my soul when I cook - hence the spirituality enters into it.
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Old 07-22-2005, 05:38 PM   #26
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Our living area is all open, with the kitchen at it's center, and that is where friends and family gather. It has seen so much love and laughter...and some tears, too. Some who sat at my big old round oak table are gone now...but sweet young faces have come along to fill up my house again.
Above my kitchen sink is a window that looks out to the west across fields to the woods on the horizon. Just outside the window is big old hard maple tree, with a wooden swing, made long ago by my father, hanging from a lower limb. If only he knew how many children of all ages have enjoyed that swing.
I've also watched 19 years of sunsets through that window, and sky-watched for tornados as the storm clouds roll in.

People come into our home for the first time and say they can feel the love here. I think that's a pretty spiritual thing.

They always leave with a full tummy, too.

My motto is, "Feed'em up and Love'm up!"
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Old 07-22-2005, 05:45 PM   #27
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When we cook lebanese food we feel that our ancesters are with us. I am the only non arabic person in my immediate family.
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Old 07-22-2005, 10:43 PM   #28
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My Beloved Son, Shane

My one & only child died at the age of 23 on March 12, 2004. One of the passions that Shane & I shared was cooking. It seemed like we were always trying to outdo each other! "Try this!" "Now, you try this!"

He worked in several restaurants - pizza places, clam shacks & some fancy places. When the owners didn't mind, he would have me come there & cook beside him. He was teaching me the ropes at that point. I worked for free - just so we could be together. It still brings a smile to my face to think about those times. We often talked about having a restaurant or catering business together. A couple months before he died he went to check out some places for rent in the area. That was our dream. It's still my dream - if it ever happens, it will be called "Shane's Mom's Kooking/Katering" or something like that. SMK were his initials.

One of my favorite things to do is to feed people. It gives me more pleasure than anything else in this life. Cooking is my therapy & Shane is always with me when I am working in the kitchen. When I find a great new recipe, I want to share it with him. I wonder how he would have liked this & that. And I regret that I never got the details on some of the dishes he came up with on his own.

He's with me at the grocery store, too - that was/is one of the hardest places for me to go. There are so many reminders of him. There are so many things I want to buy for him. All these new products for him to try...

I treasure every memory of the son I so adored, but food seems to be the biggest reminder of him.

If you are interested in reading more about Shane, please visit http://www.truerwords.net/shane/memorial.html

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Old 07-22-2005, 11:20 PM   #29
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I'm saddened by your loss, Corinne. You and your son had a wonderful relationship and shared some beautiful moments. You will always have that to remember him by. I hope you can realize your dream to open a restaurant.

Cooking with a loved one is an opportunity to share the happiest of times. Those times have built memories that will be with you forever.
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:44 PM   #30
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To put it (the spirituality of cooking) all into perspective - it's called "Soul" or "Comfort" food. I've had some really great food in fancy restaurants - but it only filled my belly. There was something missing ... the love that went into a homemade dish.

When you're sick do you want a bowl of canned soup or your grandma's homemade soup? When you celebrate some special occasion like Thanksgiving - do you remember the food more or the celebration of friends and family that shared that meal?

Call it "Soul", "Comfort" or "Ethnic" - if it feeds your soul/spirit as much as your body ... it's a "spiritual" experience.
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