Oh, dear me. Have we really just started a food blog?
Well, yes. We have. And, to be quite frank, we’re pleased. Here are some important reasons why…
We have been regular food blog readers for as long as blogs have existed. Over the last few years we have come to see food blogs as a unique realm in the blogosphere where some of the most interesting and enjoyable (from a reader’s perspective) writing is being done. There is a wonderful community of foodie writers out there who have been working diligently to ensure readers are never lacking for great reading, inspiring recipes, beautiful food photography, and more.
But it is the ‘more’ that ultimately draws us to food blogging. We love food, — not just as material to fill one’s belly, but as a subject suitable to study and explore. We enjoy cooking as well. Food is a catalyst for gathering, conversation, listening, and learning. Food plays a central role in the most significant interpersonal experiences in our lives. We’ve learned languages, been exposed to great ideas, negotiated jobs and business ideas, and made lasting friendships at tables of food. It’s a place where we’ve celebrated births and mourned the dead, gotten aquainted with strangers and caught up with long-lost friends. A table with food, is life’s greatest classroom: every person there, no matter their age, gets to share the roles of teacher and student, and with the help of a memorable meal, the possibilities are without limit.
When we first sat down and started talking about this project, we discussed some of the ideas we wanted to embrace. A key principle we felt strongly about was the idea that food had to be real. So, we are going to avoid recipes for gnocchi made from cocopuffs or similar ways of making processed foods appear palatable or wholesome. Food should be respectful of the place it comes from, and the people who produce it and consume it. We are not saying we only use local ingredients, but we favor them when we can. We also favor food that has been raised ethically, under humane conditions if sourced from animals, and without genetic or chemical tampering. Food isn’t just a reflection of culture, it is culture. Food is as much a way to experience the world from a new perspective as is language. We will try to present foods from many cultures and places, and where possible, we will respect those cultures and their ideas of preparation, even if we modify the methods to better suit our ways of cooking. Finally, we believe that food should always be an experience worthy of it’s purpose. Eat like your life depended on it and make it a source of joy and celebration at every opportunity. That is why we call this blog La Nouba: make each meal a celebration.
Through food we have experienced the world. It is our hope that through writing about food we can capture that experience and encourage others to do the same.
Leland & Marianne
Montana, May 2015