Monday Musings: Why I Write About Food

Dreaming About Dinner

At the beginning of this year, my friend Christine (of the blog Vermilion Roots) started a new series titled “Why I Write About Food?”

Every week, she asks a different blogger why they were called to write about food. That question may sound simple enough, but really, it gets right to the core of food blogging and why, as crazy as it may seem, so many of us choose to spend our days and weeks writing recipes, taking pictures of our food, and sharing it here on the internet.

A couple weeks ago, Christine asked me that very question — and I could not have been more honored to be a part of her series. Whenever I find myself struggling with a recipe, or photos, or the stress of putting myself out there on social media… all I have to do is remind myself why I started. Why I love it. Why I write about food.

For anyone curious to know my answer to that question, you can check out my interview on her site, here.

(And while you’re there, don’t forget to take a peak at the other interviews — there are so many amazing bloggers you should get to know!)

I think food—both the making and sharing of a meal—does so much more than simply feed our bodies, it feeds our hearts and minds, too, and I feel blessed to be able to share that with so many people.

Vegetable Harvest

In other news, the internet has been a fascinating and hilarious place these past couple of weeks, and I’ve found myself saving little tidbits to share with you all. For your Monday reading pleasure:

  • “A bizzare underwater icicle of death caught on camera.” No, really. Nature is completely and utterly amazing, and if you’ve ever had any doubts, this video proves it. At first I thought there was some kind of crazy CGI going on, but nope — that’s just nature doing its thing.
  • This parody of Adele’s “Hello” — well, let’s just say I can relate to it more than the original. Is it bad that I find myself singing this in the car? Maybe I shouldn’t have told you that.
  • “Vegan Bone Broth is Officially Trending”  There are some words I never thought I would hear. When I was a teenager, I went through a phase of saying “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” It’s not a phrase I’m particularly proud of, but I find myself tempted to use those words again here. Let’s get something straight:  “Bone Broth” is not a hot new thing — it’s broth, the same as it’s been made for centuries. “Boneless bone broth” has a name, too: vegetable broth. Or, in this case perhaps, vegetable soup. Sounds delicious, but can we all just agree never to use the words “vegan bone broth” ever again? The line must be drawn somewhere, and something tells me this is it.
  • These videos of pro chefs cooking… only, doctored up with some new footage for the close-ups. I cannot. Stop. Watching. Click the link, then check out some of the others, because they are too funny to miss!
  • Broken Things. Sometimes I imagine what kind of parent I would be… and I hope this would be it.
  • Jacques Pepin’s Food Memories. Perhaps the shortest, most delicious memoir ever written. If you like food writing (and let’s face it, if you don’t, what are you doing here?) this is a must read.

I hope this Monday is treating you well!


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4 Responses to Monday Musings: Why I Write About Food

  1. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table February 23, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    Congrats on your interview feature! I’m definitely going to pop over there and read it :) Also, you’ve given me all the Internet distractions I could possibly need for the week, so I’m taken care of on that front ;) Seriously see myself wasting half the day now! And maybe half of tomorrow too… cheers to a great week girl! XO

    • Willow Arlen February 23, 2016 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks, Kathryn! Haha, wasting, or enjoying? I’m hoping for the latter. ;)

  2. movita beaucoup February 23, 2016 at 6:43 am #

    No broth should ever trend. EVER.

    • Willow Arlen February 23, 2016 at 8:41 am #

      Haha, seriously. Of all the things to search for!

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