In the fall of 2008, when the economy was collapsing and thousands of Americans were starting to lose jobs to layoffs and downsizing, I overheard a conversation at the local IHOP, between two young men in their twenties. In a nutshell, it went something like this:
“Dude, if you just lost your job, why are we eating out?”
“I don’t know what else to do: I can’t live on ramen and peanut butter forever.”
It occurred to me that this guy not only lacked nutritional imagination: what initially seemed like laziness was really rooted in fear of the kitchen. These issues are all too common, but I knew that it wouldn’t take much to help folks make friends with their stoves. Food doesn’t have to be scary, expensive or complicated. It’s just a matter of figuring out what you like and how to set up your home so feeding yourself is quick and easy.
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Lauri D. Goldenhersh is the owner and editor of Shoestring Eats. She is a classical vocalist, writer and entrepreneur, as well as an avid home cook. Lauri started learning to cook when she was four years old and was raised with a wide variety of ethnic cuisines. Growing up in a household where entertaining was common and family gatherings centered around the kitchen, she learned cooking technique from her mom, and flavor theory from her dad. Cooking with Caprice, a cookbook authored with her father, James L. Davidian, is due for a 2011 release.