Hello reader! My name is Margaret. I am a culinary enthusiast, self-taught cook, and policy nerd with a passion for food systems work and all things tasty. This blog is my journey.
If anything I have stumbled into this world. By the end of high school my kitchen repertoire still only extended as far as omelettes. I couldn’t have told you what “organic” meant or what a carbohydrate actually was. I definitely couldn’t have problematized access issues within the local food movement or written a policy memo. I wanted to be a doctor. I made cake from the box. Life as I know it had not yet begun.
It was 2011 and food blogs were everywhere. I had been accepted early decision to my dream school and was eager to move on. My (then) boyfriend had left for college, my (still) best friend had graduated early, and I wanted (needed) time to move quicker. Cooking became a creative outlet; something new and interesting to make the time go faster.
This blog has evolved along with my interests. I didn’t know that Food Studies existed before getting to NYU; much less that there was an entire movement geared towards making food more nutritious, sustainable and accessible. I didn’t know that I would have the opportunity to design my own program of study, to work with social ventures and non-profits, to run a CSA, to get my hands on some urban soil or teach nutrition in the New York City school system. I didn’t even know what the inside of a Whole Foods looked like. It’s been a ride.
What started as a cooking blog pure and simple has “organically” changed with time (pun completely intended). I started with one goal – sharing recipes. Now I find myself interested in experimentation, wondering how I can tie together recipes, stories and my political, nutritional and educational interests. This blog has followed me from the East Coast to middle America and back; to Barcelona, to Berlin and all the way home. It’s a process. It’s fun. And there’s a lot of eating along the way.
Who am I? Why should you read anything I write? Here’s a little background information for the curious reader.
I was raised between the boonies of Upstate New York and Southern Vermont. Now I am pursuing a concentration in Food Systems, Policy, and Nutrition at New York University. I’ve worked the food industry gamut; from fast food to $5 Chai Latte establishments and a brief WWOOFING experience back in my homeland. I live next to a ramen shop in the East Village. Three years ago I had no idea people actually ate ramen for fun. I love to talk about CSAs, the history of agricultural policy, preparing food ahead of time, and the Serial podcast. If you offer me bleu cheese or an olive, I will not take it, but anything else is pretty much fair game. I make awesome tofu and killer brownies. And I am not very good at conclusions. Questions? Comments? Find me on Facebook!