- When cooking, be in the moment: When you are washing vegetables, wash the vegetables. When you stir, just stir. When you chop, chop. Instead of thinking of everything and dividing your mind, embrace the task at hand.
- “When you’re cooking, you’re not just cooking food, you’re also working on yourself, you’re working on other people.”
- This one is an excerpt from the chant the tenzo recites in the morning to remind him/her of the tasks of the day: “treat the food as though it were your eyesight . . . treat food as if it was that precious, as if it was your eyes. . . handle it carefully and sincerely. . . don’t waste even a single grain of rice.” The documentary and Brown argue that because food is such a commodity, it is no longer like eyesight, it is no longer precious. So, when enjoying the meal you spent so much time making, really think about how cherished it is.
- In discussing the types of mind, Brown discusses the stages of mind in relationship to cooking: “When the cook is joyful then you know everyone relaxes. . . when the cook is anxious then people will get anxious . . .and the food will taste better when the cook is joyful.”
|Brown leading a cooking class.|
I hope this helps give a new perspective on Thanksgiving that will help you enjoy the day, enjoy the meal, and enjoy all the food you make.