The aspect of food writing which first really grabbed me by the throat was of course the food. To write by describing something I care about so much was like playing on the swings then jumping off them, delightful. I’d write porn about how each dish looked, tasted, felt. It oozed decadence. I ventured onward, writing about its creation, the simple miracle of how flour can become tasty bread, or how biscuit dough feels between your fingers, like crumbly butter. I read more, and learned of others whose passion equaled my own. My focus traveled outward from the food itself to the people writing about it and creating it.
I read books chefs had written, essays food writers had created about their experiences. These folks pushed me to keep going. To have The Fates move us to Charlottesville, a town chock full of food people, was a real coup. I’m glad to have met many of them, and even broken bread with a few.
Kath Younger is one of those inspirational people because what she does, she does her way, with confidence, happiness, enthusiasm, and care for her product. Since 2007 she has documented every meal at her blog Kath Eats, and with her husband Matt, opened Great Harvest Charlottesville last year.