One minute you're dreaming and the next minute you're doing.
I believe in the pure connection between creativity and action, the interesting and satisfying way that imagination charges outcome, the feeding of curiosity.
The reasons I continue to eat - aside from the obvious - and cook are directly linked to this belief. I love to see and, of course, taste the ways that people explore their creativity through the palate and cuisine. It's an endlessly fascinating subject.
I'm now browsing a cookbook aptly named Seductions of Rice by the authors Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, who together have penned and photographed a number of stunning cookbooks that are filled with exquisite recipes, photographs and travelogue. Their cookbooks, to me, are a perfect way to while away a day.
What generally happens when I'm reading a book like this (or browsing a site like FoodBuzz), I want to pack my bags and hit the road, noshing everywhere along the journey. To satisfy the craving to travel and taste, I usually grab my Metro card and go. I'm very fortunate to eat and live in a major metropolitan area that has a lively dining life.
Recently, I jumped on the train to little India in Jackson Heights, Queens, to relive in a couple of hours my visit to the subcontinent and my cravings for the hot fresh breads, spicy chutneys and pickles that we ate there morning noon and night. Lovely!