Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Kitchen Meditations and Inspired Recipes from a Mindful Cook

Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Kitchen Meditations and Inspired Recipes from a Mindful Cook

by Dana Velden

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Many books teach the mechanics of cooking and even inspire us to cook; not many dwell on the kitchen's ability to be a place of awakening and joy. In Finding Yourself in the Kitchen, Dana Velden asks you to seek deeper meaning in this space and explores what cooking can teach about intimacy, failure, curiosity, and beauty.

Finding Yourself in the Kitchen is a book of essays, each focused on a cooking theme that explores how to practice mindfulness in the kitchen—and beyond—to discover a more deeply experienced life. It also offers meditation techniques and practical kitchen tips, including 15 of Velden's own favorite recipes.

What happens when we find ourselves in the kitchen? What vitalizes, challenges, and delights us there? An extension of her popular "Weekend Meditation" column on, this book offers you the chance to step back and examine your life in a more inspired way. The result is a reading experience that satisfies, nourishes and inspires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410485960
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 02/10/2016
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dana Velden is a Zen priest who lived and studied for 15 years at the San Francisco Zen Center. She has been writing for The Kitchn since 2008 and has contributed to The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women and The Kitchn Cookbook. She lives in Oakland, CA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 15

On Why I Wrote This Book 23

The First Thing: Mornings, Tea, and Meditation 28

Eight Simple Things to Do to Be Happy in Your Kitchen 31

The Three Intimacies 39

Intimacy, Part 1 The tangible world

A Bowl of Lemons 48

Lemon Curd 50

Don't Wait 53

On Being Intimate with Everything 57

On Loving Your Kitchen 60

Broken 62

Soji (or How to Clean Everything) 64

Occasionally Unplugged 68

A Simple Weeknight Curry 70

The Perfect Pot 73

Posture 76

How a Bowl of Bread Dough Can Teach Us the Way to Live 79

Patience 82

Beyond the Five Senses 85

A Radical Suggestion 88

Almost-Any-Fruit Custard Tart 91

Tending 95

When You Wash the Dishes, the Dishes Also Wash You 97

All You Need Is… 100

Staying Close to Difficulty 103

Just Two Ingredients 105

Listening to the Basil 109

Intimacy, Part 2 A State of Mind

A Small Moment of Attention and Beauty 117

Butternut Squash Roasted in Honey, Chipotle, and Crème Fraîche 119

Digging In for the Long Haul: A Few More Words on Meditation 121

Kitchen Notebook 125

Chicken Liver Pââté with Apples and Brandy 127

How to Cook Each and Every Day for the Rest of Your Life 130

Broad or Deep? 133

Potato Leek Soup with 12 Variations 135

What Kind of Cook Are You? 139

Comfort Zones 142

Fearlessness, Failure, and Vulnerability 144

The Perfect Salad (or How to Dress a Salad without Measuring Anything) 150

Cooking with Heart 157

How to Be Angry in the Kitchen 160

A Small Jar of Sauerkraut 164

Being Agile 167

Practice 169

Guilt in the Kitchen 171

A Quick, Busy-Week Dinner for One (or Many) 174

On Letting It Go 178

Dinner Can Be Many Things 182

Intimacy, Part 3 With others

Sharing the World 187

Lingering 191

How to Be Ready for Anything 193

When Times Get Rough 196

Salsa Verde 199

Giving and Receiving and Gratefulness 202

Unexpected Gifts from the Kitchen 205

Meal Blessings 208

Love and Time 211

Sautéed Tiny Turnips with Their Greens 213

We're Never the Same 216

Alone, Too 220

Unambitious 222

Bolognese Sauce 223

The Best Way to Learn How to Cook 226

Kitchen Ancestors and Other Influences 229

Hiding Out in the Kitchen 231

On Counting What Is Precious 233

Cooking Together 235

Cake and the Unexpected Guest 238

My Mother's Spice Cake 240

Finding Yourself in the Kitchen with Children 243

Patience with People 245

Terrible, Horrible, No Good Comparisons 247

Taking Refuge 249

Simple Carrot Soup for Tumultuous Times 251

A Final Word on Meditation 253

Afterword 257

A Small Daily Bowl Of Yogurt 259

Acknowledgments 261

Index 265

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