about cooking with leeks

cooking with leeks is my blog (katie h jarrott). i live in oakland CA with my husband charlie and dog gary. they’re the cutest:

char n gary ~ beach day sept 2020

i work in tech! i’ve worked from home for ~4 years and in that time i’ve begun cooking WAY more and enjoy finding new ways to eat vegetables n other good stuff. here i will document recipes, sometimes, but mostly notes about what i’m thinking in terms of cooking for the day or week.

i love: tamar adler, samin nosrat (oakland!), alice waters (berkeley!), michael pollan (berkeley!) just got excited because they’re all close by, except tamar who resides in hudson, ny. i wish i would see michael pollan so i could be like wow drugs, you know? and he would be like yes i’ve written several books on them. i once saw samin in oakland! with her pup fava, that is how i knew it was for sure samin. i am not a stalker i just love their food philosophies. here is what i love by them and what has formed so much of what i believe when it comes to food:

tamar adler – an everlasting meal, a book about cooking and food and cooking with economy and grace (as the title states), recipes for NYT cooking! amazing podcast called food actually that pushkin pods cancelled and i’m still BITTER about it! wtf?? big food probably called and cancelled it honestly. it was that good!!

samin nosrat – salt, fat, acid, heat – the cookbook AND the show on netflix! recipes for NYT cooking too!

alice waters – go eat at her restaurant, chez panisse (in berkeley), for seasonal, local, thoughtful food! alice also gives back to the east bay community ~ with the edible schoolyard project.

michael pollan – literally any of his books will rock your world about various topics, ranging from food and plants to hallucinogens, which took me back to my college days at clemson university. read: food rules for a quick (it takes literally an hour to read the whole thing) tutorial on eating views from around the world. read botany of desire for more info than you ever knew you wanted to know (srsly) on the tulip, marijuana, the apple, and the potato. we humans are weird as hell folks. it helps to maintain my theory that humans are the actual aliens on this earth. and last, and the least related to foodhow to change your mind for the 4-1-1 on hallucinogens and just what the fuck is going on there. you will have a lot of new facts to impress your friends, i swear.

ok so cooking with leeks, the blog name, because i was once intimidated by leeks. now i view them as a kitchen staple and they’re the wildest vegetables i had ever seen when i was younger. no one cooked with them, so i didn’t cook with them until i was probably… older i honestly don’t know, but those fibrous tops proved to be a halting point for me. i find this same process applies to not only food, but so many parts of life.

i’m developing my own food philosophy, and i guess this is my process of doing that and trying to not die in the many ways america tries to kill us (high fat, low nutrient foods that give us cancer and a host of other ailments on fleek). my first counterstrike to the american diet is that everyone needs to at least eat one big servings of greens a day. salad, steamed or sautéed greens, whatever. eat more greens, eat less fake processed foods – the kind that makes you feel like shit.

anyway thanks for reading to this point. if you don’t like and comment on all my posts then i’ll consider that as not having read through this entire post, so you won’t even get to this cute photo of me. goodbye~