presents Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Kitchen Meditations and Inspired Recipes from a Mindful Cook
Nothing is more ordinary than the kitchen, and yet it is the perfect place to explore who we are and what we are capable of. In Finding Yourself in the Kitchen, Velden asks you to seek deeper meaning in this space and explores what cooking can teach about intimacy, failure, curiosity, and beauty. What happens when we find ourselves in the kitchen? What vitalizes, challenges, and delights us there? An extension of her popular "Weekend Meditation" column on TheKitchn.com, this book offers you the chance to step back and examine your life in a more inspired way.
Many books teach the mechanics of cooking and even inspire us to cook; not many dwell on the kitchen's ability to be a place of awakening and joy.The essays in Finding Yourself in the Kitchen focus on a cooking theme that explores how to practice mindfulness in the kitchen--and beyond--to discover a more deeply experienced life. It also offers meditation techniques and practical kitchen tips, including approximately 15 of Velden's own favorite recipes. The result is a reading experience that satisfies, nourishes and inspires.
Dana Velden is a Zen priest who lived and studied for 15 years at the San Francisco Zen Center. She has been writing for The Kitchn since 2008 and has contributed to The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women and The Kitchn Cookbook. She lives in Oakland.