Jane Arie Baldwin

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Thirteen of the Best Quotes that will Inspire Your Heart in the Kitchen

Food has always been thought of as fuel. Now it’s being thought of as something that lifts our spirits.” Alice Waters

Food has always been thought of as fuel. Now it’s being thought of as something that lifts our spirits.” Alice Waters


Growing up I often heard the saying, “I feed to fuel, not to fill.” At the time the idea was somewhat revolutionary, the thought that a banana might actually be a better choice than than a Snicker’s bar offered a shift of perspective.

I recently heard an interview with Alice Waters, the sui generis chef that originated the farm to table idea nearly 50 years ago. In it she remarked that food does more than simply feed us, food lifts our spirits. At that moment I realized that ideas once thought fringe are entering the mainstream. We are in the midst of an evolution from viewing eating as a function that fuels us to eating as an experience that can enhance our spirit. The more awareness and attention we give to how food is grown, where and how we buy it and how we prepare it, and what is our mental-emotional state when we prepare it, the more we understand exactly how food can lift our spirits. There is a difference in food that comes from soil full of wonderful earth minerals that mixes with sunlight and then is harvested and made with love by hands that love to eat it. In this way food does lift our spirits, we can taste it and we can feel it. And as you can see from these quotes below others have felt it too.

We are currently experiencing an evolution

from eating for mere sustenance — to fill and fuel us — to

eating as an experience that enhances our spirit.


Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements. -Marcel Boulestin

When we acknowledge, as we must, that there is no such thing called perfect food, just the idea of it, then the real purpose of cooking becomes clear: To make people happy. –The French Laundry Cookbook, Thomas Keller


James Beard photo by Paul Child

James Beard photo by Paul Child

Food is our common ground, a universal experience. –James Beard

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.     M.F.K. Fisher

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. _ Harriet Van Horne

Gastronomy is the greatest form of therapy that anyone can be exposed to. – Marco Pierre White

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.                                                         — Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own


Photo of juliachildfoundation.org

Photo          juliachildfoundation.org

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients. – Julia Child

The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system. – Robert C. Peale

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. – Buddha

Real food doesn’t have ingredients. Real food is ingredients. – Jamie Oliver

Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea. –Pythagoras

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”                       – Ayurvedic proverb

Three Secrets of Ayurvedic Cooking

  1. The six tastes – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Western diets have a lot of salt, sweet and some sour. But what of the other three tastes? Here in Texas pungent (hot peppers) is very popular but what of bitter and astringent? Bitter (leafy greens) and astringent (beans, potatoes, apples, broccoli) are often found on the fringes of our plates. To make these more interesting to our palates see number two below. Eating all six tastes at every meal alleviates food cravings because all six tastes have been satisfied helping to support weight loss harmonizes the body.
  2. The chaunce – This is one of the greatest concepts in the world and the only reason I can figure we haven’t started doing this in American cooking is because very few people know about it yet. The concept of the chaunce is very similar to the concept of salad dressing. Both are added to food to give flavor and also to enhance the dish. Salad dressings are full of herbs; a chaunce is full of spices, very tasty and also very beneficial to your health. To make the chaunce heat ghee or oil and then add your spice combination – things like mustard seeds, cumin seeds, coriander, turmeric, and cinnamon – whatever combinations the dish calls for. This mixture can be added to steamed vegetables, cooked rice, or a soup on the stove and tastes so much better than steamed vegetables we used to see on the commercials on the plate with the naked chicken breast.
  3. The churna – A churna is a blend of spices and seasonings that help balance your specific body type (more on that later). For someone with poor digestion or with a body that tends to be cold all the time a churna consisting of things like ginger, fenugreek, and tumeric helps to warm and calm the body. Someone running hot with a little bit of heart burn would use a churna with cooling spices like fennel, cardamom and coriander to offset the heat and cool the body. For someone with a lethargic digestive system or overall malaise a stimulating churna with ginger, turmeric, and coriander may help. These can be sprinkled on food or added to soups or snacks.
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