To live, we must eat. Learning to eat with pleasure, then, is also a study in the enthusiastic appreciation of life itself, in all its textures and varieties. With this blog, I hope to inspire the pursuit of happiness through simple food-related pleasures like a trip to the farmers’ market, a meal cooked at home, or a dinner enjoyed with friends.
Studying in Russia during and after college, I hunted for porcini in the foothills of the Caucasus, sipped salty milk tea in Siberia, and learned to chase vodka with pickles. A short stint as a WWOOFer on a permaculture-based vegetable farm in Vermont convinced me that garden-fresh tomatoes (or the promise of them come summer) are a necessary ingredient to happiness. I returned to the Caucasus in 2010, this time to Georgia, where I taught English in exchange for lessons in wine-making, cheesebread-baking, and feasting.Now I’m in Washington, DC, cooking, eating, writing, and eagerly awaiting my next trip.