The Calm Kitchen: Stirring the Pot
“In the kitchen, you can reclaim the present”
In Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversation on Conscious Eating, the writer Michael Pollan describes how he discovered the zen nature of cooking while writing his book, Cooked. His least favourite job in the kitchen was chopping onions, he hated it. But so many dishes start with chopped onions, so he started a mantra:
When chopping onions, just chop onions. Don’t think about anything else. Let yourself enjoy it.
He was talking about how you can absorb yourself in the act of preparing food and the world slips away. We’re usually so rushed in the kitchen that focusing on the task at hand, stirring the pot or chopping onions becomes a form of mindfulness. It soothes us.
In the Netflix series based on his book, also called Cooked, Pollan describes how cooking is the antidote to many of our problems - health, relaxation, connection with loved ones - “cooking is an expression of love”.