My apartment smells wonderful! I’ve got a pot of mushroom barley soup on the stove top. My usual vegetarian recipe ramped up with the steak I took home from a French bistro last night. The portion was too big for one meal and now it will be in several. I’m also roasting chicken and an entire head of cauliflower in the oven. I’m not just cooking for tonight—I’m cooking for the week and enjoying the romance between the kitchen and the desktop.
Cooking goes well with writing!
Much has been made about the relationship between writers and alcohol, but I’ve yet to read about the synergy between the big soup pot and the computer keyboard. The compatibility between writing and cooking is real. Taking a quick break to stir the pot, or check on the chicken, provides exactly the right distraction for a writer. It’s a productive break. Just long enough to be an actual break, while not leading the writer down a rabbit hole. Just the walk from my desk to the kitchen facilitates a different frame of mind, a shift in perspective that is invaluable. I go back to my desk with new insights, with the RIGHT words, with another idea ready to go.
Do all writers cook? I don’t know, but I’m curious.
I’ve been aware of the positive back & forth between writing and cooking for a long time, but cooking doesn’t always fit so nicely into my NYC-centric life. When I started dancing Tango, I found that dancing and cooking didn’t match well at all. It is hard to NEST and then get dressed to go out a couple of hours after dinner. It’s counter intuitive.
And then there’s the garlic!
Tango altered and lessened my use of garlic. More than the usual “breath” issues, dancing made me notice how garlic haunts in sweat, hair and clothes long after the pizza, pesto or Caesar salad is a memory. I all but stopped cooking when I became devoted to Tango. At that time, I discovered that Tango DANCES well with writing. Cooking went to the back burner (yes, I said that… heheheeee), until I figured out how to make the three partners work together.
I think I’ve found the right balance. If not an actual balance—I’ve found a way to alternate between writing & dancing AND writing & cooking.
I’d love to hear from other writers. Do you cook? Do you cook when you’re writing? Or do you just make another pot of coffee—I’ve been known to do that too!