Cooking As Therapy Tea TowelThe School of Life
Cooking might seem like a dreadful chore. But carefully attended to, it is perhaps one of the most therapeutic things we can do daily. We cook food for far more than physical fuel; it always carries a mood, a message, even a philosophy. We make spicy curry when we have a dull day at work. We remind ourselves to simplify by grilling up some fish, dressed with only a lemon. We use soup to heal when we are sick (in body or soul). Special foods connect us to old memories and previous selves.
Preparing the meal is meditative. While chopping vegetables, we must focus intently on one thing alone. The house becomes filled with warmth, the smell of the oven, the sound of the boiling broth. We appreciate how much small, inexpensive things like fresh apples or browning butter contribute to our happiness.
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Most of all, we usually cook for others, and this act is one of the simplest, yet most profound expressions of love. It reminds us who is really important, who we should more closely attend to. In this way, cooking offers us something profound: it provides us with the ritual we forget we need now that religion has declined. Food regularly gathers us together with the people that matter, it marks the changes of the seasons, it helps us conjure up and share emotions. We need to find ways to replace the religiously choreographed meals (Christian bread and wine, Jewish lamb shank and horseradish, Buddhist tea) with new ritual foods, to help us regularly order and nurture our lives, minds and relationships.
It shouldn’t just be another task before bed. Ideally, our time in the kitchen should help us reflect on the day, open up to one another, and reconnect to our selves. Cooking should not only give sustenance for our body but – like good art or music – it should nourish our soul.