Cooking is an Act of Kindness
A Teacher’s Story
By Laura E. Miller
The best cookbooks and recipes are messy: food-stained, dog-eared, drawn-on, and annotated. Cooks write all sorts of things on their recipes, like what substitutes they used when they didn’t have an ingredient, who they fed and when, what other dishes they served on the menu, and how everyone liked the meal. Cooks will even draw ideas for how to arrange the food on the plate.
Food brings people together and sets the stage for sharing thoughts and making or deepening friendships. Cooking for people is an act of kindness, and when you cook with others, you are a crew of kindness. It’s an event and a story. I hope you write about it sometimes.
This Kitchen Note was written for a group of eight young homeschoolers, all connected to Alameda’s Hickman Charter School, who recently came together for a cooking and social studies class called Global Eats. The eight two-hour sessions, held at the Berkeley Society of Friends meetinghouse, were occasions to cook together, eat together, and talk about food and family.… Read More