Why I COOK
Plating and taking photos of my meals is part of what changed my relationship to food. These photos are my healing art - a celebration of my mental health and creativity in the kitchen. With every photo I take, it’s more than a recipe - at least to me. Each photograph is truly meant to express how I took an addiction to numbing myself and my emotions with food and turned it into something beautiful.
For most of my life I used food, it was my best friend, the boyfriend I never had and my support when I was down. Food will always be emotional for me - that’s my story. And the hardest part about food addiction is that we need food to live, we can’t just walk away from it - it has to be confronted - and cooking was the best way I could manage that relationship. To touch it. To make it beautiful. To treat it like a piece of art.
When I stop to cook, move through my kitchen, plate and get lost in the moment - old feelings fade away and what I’m left with is color, beauty and something I can share.
Here are a few of my favorite plates.