Month: May 2014

Time for Food

Time for Food

A few years ago, I had dinner with a friend and fellow parent who had recently moved to the US from China. That night, she was cooking a simple, fragrant meal with finely minced ginger and plenty of vegetables. We chatted over a glass of wine in the kitchen, while we watched the garlic and ginger sizzle in the hot oil that lined her enormous wok. As gorgeous smells filled that kitchen, she said something that I couldn’t stop thinking about: “Chinese people have a very different relationship with food than Americans,” she said. “In China, we love food. It’s a big part of everyday life and a huge part of every celebration. It’s strange, but I’ve noticed that here in America, people seem to think: ‘Food is bad. Food will make me fat.’”