What a day it’s been. Thank you all so much for your support and interest in these books. It really has been overwhelming and I’m excited to see the food you make (#cljcookbooks and show us!). I wanted to end this truly awesome day with a few more photos from the books, and something that has been on my mind lately.
Food is not some exclusive party you have to be invited to. Unfortunately, that’s exactly how we sometimes approach it, and we get ourselves down as a result. But food is about relationships. It’s about caring, and showing someone they’re important enough for you to sit down and spend time with them. As I grew up, family meals were always about bringing us together so we could talk, and somewhere along the way we’ve lost that. I think there’s just so much pressure to impress everyone around us, that we exhaust ourselves in the pursuit of perfection while missing all the beautiful moments along the way. The purpose of these books is to help people who either don’t think they can cook, or don’t think they like to cook. It’s also for those who are consumed with perfection at the expense of their own sanity.
My point is this. Cooking is about bringing together the ones you care about. New friends, and old. Your food does not have to be perfect. Your food does not have to be someone else’s recipe. And it sure doesn’t have to take you away from spending time with your loved ones. You can cook, and you can enjoy it. I’m confident in that and hopefully you’ll let me help you find that same confidence in yourself.
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