But sweet crimminy, eat something healthy for breakfast and dinner. Oatmeal, and simple, stir-fried vegetables. I won’t even berate you if you’re eating the KFC Double-Down because you never learned to cook, but I will encourage you to give cooking a try. Start with a little kosher salt and The Internet.
I love love that kosher salt line.
Many aspiring chefs look up to the 20-course meals as the zenith of gastronomy. And when they achieve that level of cooking, they end up getting bored by it, and then what excites them are the simple foods.
No question about it. It’s true of wine also. I respond to blunt objects more than a subtle wine. Rough neighborhood wines in Italy or Sardinia or Cotes du Rhone make me happier. Cruder, messier things where I don’t need to engage my brain, I could pretty much submissively lose myself in the moment.
Several years ago, I read that the novelist Philip Roth writes at a computer propped up on a lectern. I’ve used this technique as an occasional therapy for writer’s block. I’ll set my laptop on the kitchen counter and hover over it as if I were a conductor before an orchestra. This seems to help. Standing up saps some of my extra restless energy, allowing me to focus better on the task at hand.
Take a few minutes to watch Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) talk about a makeover of the math curriculum in this TedxNYED session. Dan does a brilliant job of explaining why textbooks fail, why they don’t help kids learn, why they should do less.