Food can connect us to the earth, our community, and ourselves. But first, we need to open a space to listen to and be in exchange with the ingredients.
As a professional chef, I have spent years learning to do this with the plants I grow and cook with. This practice has profoundly changed the way I think about my work and the world around me.
Looking back, one of my most important teachers on this journey, in the kitchen and in life, was the tomato.
Growing up, I struggled with my relationship …