Yesterday I attended an event at PBS39 where Sara Moulton appeared! It was wonderful! She was wonderful! She surfed the crowd, signed books, gave a cooking demonstration, shared her knowledge and guess what? She remembered me and my Frittata for Two video from the Create TV 2017 Cooking Challenge contest! (Happy dance, happy dance!) My name was even drawn from a lottery and I got to sit up front, by the kitchen and see the maestro in action, black, high-top converse and all!
Anyway, I sat with a charming couple while Sara signed books and we began to chat as we nibbled on appetizers and sipped wine. Eventually the conversation turned to social media; as most conversations do these days, and we began to discuss smart phones and how we use them. 'I text.' I said. 'But I rarely type. I dictate and my secretary, Siri, does the typing.' The gentleman, Tony, said, 'Siri scares me.' We chuckled over the silly typos and auto corrections that are just part of our daily lives. I started thinking about conversations our daughters tell me about. Conversations, in my mind, which are happening between one of them and another human being, face-to-face. Well Dear Readers, I am WRONG-O!
Have you noticed how we, the society of smart phone yielding, computer-toters are disconnected from each other to the extent that people actually believe a text message is a "connection." Well Dear Readers, it is not. Text messages are a crutch we use to fool ourselves into thinking we are connected. Text messages are something, meant to keep us connected that do the exact opposite. Text messages are a contradiction gone terribly viral. In fact, the upcoming movers and shakers of the world, better known as "the young people," have zero idea how to interact and connect with each other, let alone others bopping about the planet.
As a society, we are in too deep for turning back, me included. What to do? What to do?
Well, I say, COOK! Was cooking the first thing that came to your mind? Is there anything more connecting than cooking? (Besides that?) I am racking my brain and nothing else can compete except possibly making music and/or art and nature. Can you think of anything more powerful than one these four greats? Okay. NOT including that. Just the smell of food, one note or a color can transport you to a better place and transform your soul. (STOP thinking about that!) Haven't you noticed that most all festivals center about one of these four great connectors? (My gosh, for the love of Pete! STOP THINKING ABOUT THAT! Or, at least share what festivals YOU are attending...)
Cooking has much in common with music, art and nature actually. Food is made alone, much as music is written, art is created and nature happens. Food is meant to be shared with those you love, just as music, art and nature. Isn't the joy of a scrumptious bite enjoyed more fully with someone you love? Isn't a moving piece of music experienced more completely with a companion? Isn't the interpretation of a piece of art more engaging with a friend? How about the first time you see a redwood tree in a redwood grove or take a sunset beach stroll? Do you really want to text someone about what either felt like or turn to a companion and smile? See where I'm going with this? Food creates moments, memories and connections, as does music, art and nature. Don't connecting times happen where at least one of the four greats is part of the experience?
Please share your thoughts about that and the Four Greats in the comments section.
By the way, what is your that?
Avid home cook and passionate instructor