Congratulations, Juhi, on this fun and interesting project! The subject matter is intriguing but, unfortunately, cooking is something I do only when I am content. When sad or dealing with trauma or overwhelm, I avoid the kitchen as though it were a snake’s nest, preferring to let someone else cook for me to escape the chance of failure after great effort. Cooking offers too many ways to disappoint.

My favorite times cooking were with my grandchildren — what good times we had in the kitchen! Since they moved far away a year ago, I haven’t prepared a single dish. Can’t bear to.

I hope you receive a plethora of responses, and I look forward to one day reading the compilation.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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