A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet.
Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, foodies differ from gourmets in that gourmets are epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news.
My name is Nic Harmston and for as long as I can remember, the kitchen has been seducing me. Its siren sound seems to have sucked me in for good and it has become harder to deny the one truth of my life.
I… am in love with food.
Now that that’s off my chest let me tell you a little about my life. Growing up, I had two loving parents, each of whom had their own culinary quirks and tastes. My mother had a southern/soul food inclination whereas my father was the second coming of Grizzly Adams. Big beard and an affection for wild game paired with garden grown greens were his calling card.
And then there was me, and I wanted to try everything. Food, I was once told, is a universal world currency – and the great thing is that cuisine changes substantially everywhere you travel! If I couldn’t travel the world (8th grade problems!) then damnit I was going to research an authentic meal and try my hand at it.
As you can imagine, there have been many many failures in this quest, but I have no regrets. Each time I learned a new skill, or acquired a new taste for something that was once foreign to me. I always took something away from those challenges and think that’s the most important thing for anyone learning to cook.
From about 8th grade on, cooking the family meals multiple nights a week became my creative outlet. It was the blend of my parents passed down personalities no doubt. My father, an artist (www.harmstonarts.com) and my mother, the curious intellect.
Food has always been a brilliant combination of the two sides of the brain for me. My left side demands to know the science behind cooking processes, and the right side inspires passion for putting elements together that become an edible work of art.
Through this blog I hope to inspire the passion for cooking and eating for others out there who may feel the same way. With a long list of tried and true recipes, an endless stack of cookbooks from my culinary idols, and a passion for seeking out authentic recipes from all over the world, I am ready share great eats.