Gastronomic Inspiration

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Hi Folks! My friend sent me this excerpt from “Communities of Food” by Carlo Petrini (in the book Manifestos of the Future of Food and Seed). I thought it was pretty awesome, so I wanted to share it with all of you! Have a great weekend and I’ll be back soon with a yummy recipe!


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“Cooking is language, cooking is identity; cooking is a primary need of all humankind. It is culinary skill, manual dexterity, and the ability to capture the right mix of flavor and spiciness that makes eating pleasurable. This pleasure has never been and will never be the privilege of the few. It is one of the physiological prerogatives of all of us, a sign of humankind’s serene relationship with nature and life.

All around the world, no one food culture is more important than another. Every one precisely expresses a profound identity and its language through food. We have to respect these diversities. We have to be grateful to the art and skill of women and men capable of producing foods as simple as they are outstanding—the fruit of an ability to exploit and make do with the sometimes scant resources that Mother Nature had made available. [These food creations] are representations of the wisdom of humankind, of subsistence economies, and of the never-ending fight against hunger.”

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. This is well written and interesting, thank you for sharing…

  2. Interesting and thought provoking. I wonder why certain cuisines are more popular than others. Is it because certain cuisines are better at capturing the right mix of flavor and spiciness hence making eating more pleasurable?

  3. I love this. Especially the first part – cooking is definitely a language and an identity for me. It’s often a way to show love or care for someone. Great point about it being universal, too!

  4. Absolutely… food mirrors ones culture and identity.

  5. Great book! Thanks for sharing dear…

  6. Interesting. 🙂

  7. Cool! Thanks for sharing this Tiff 🙂

  8. Excellent food for thought. Thanks Tiff.

  9. i love this “cooking is language, cooking is identity” 😀

  10. Awesome! I agree 100% ! I think food is culture and it is a great way for ALL people (not only the cultured ones, or the people who had the possibility to study) to express themselves and their identity. I always say you can understand a lot about someone just by looking at what they cook and eat! 😉

  11. I love this quote it’s so true! The last bit reminded me of the famine in Somalia, have you seen this?

  12. Thank you for sharing this. I agree with the sentiment entirely but it also make me realize how much work my writing skills need.

  13. Hi Tiffany: Thanks for sharing this excerpt by Petrini …I love it!

  14. Tiffany…LOVE this. So true! Looking forward to your next yummy recipe! : )

  15. beautifully said
    have a wonderful weekend

  16. every single mentioned about food is so true. very nicely written.. agree to every bit of it 🙂 Food is best way to understand a culture!

  17. Hi Tiffany, thanks for some food for thought 🙂

  18. Hi again Tiff! I have an award waiting for you! You can collect it here: <3

  19. I now love this book, so perfectly said! I look forward to reading what recipes you make:-) Hugs, Terra

  20. Wonderful – thank you for sharing!

  21. Carlo Petrini was my teacher … and it was a privilege! Thanks for share her filosophy

  22. Thanks for sharing Tiff! Have a great day!

  23. Thanks for sharing, Tiffany. I absolutely agree that cooking is an expression of one’s identity and culture.

  24. Well said. Well quoted.

  25. Thanks for sharing! Those words are so true.

  26. He is so right about food and cooking…!!!

  27. Awesome excerpt! Thanks for sharing this!

  28. Thank you everyone for the comments! 😀

  29. Thank you for this!