Julia Turshen demystifies home cooking and helps reflect on the role of cooking at home and how it can turn into a space of creativity and relaxation. Julia is a New York Times Best Selling Author and cookbook, Simply Julia is a National Bestseller which was influenced by running and her childhood. Julia shares how her childhood surrounded by diet culture that ultimately led her to write a cookbook about pushing against diet culture and pushing for us to redefine what healthy means for each of us individually. 
“I like running for the same reason I love to cook. I’m not looking at my computer screen, I’m not looking at my phone, I’m just outside and I’m present and that to me feels really valuable.” –Julia Turshen

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In this episode we cover…
  • Cooking is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • How we can turn cooking from being frustrating and feeling like a chore to finding joy in it and feeling engaged and relaxed. 
  • Reflect on the role of home cooks in our culture and society, especially the often undervalued labor of home cooks and their role in family, community and household. 
  • Thinking about all the things that have to happen for us to cook at home. Everyone involved in the process: people who grow our food, who stock grocery shelves,  who mop the floors at grocery stores, who work the cash registers, who deliver things on trucks, and more.
  • Julia’s childhood surrounded by diet culture and how that ultimately led her to write a cookbook about pushing against diet culture and pushing for us to redefine what healthy means for each of us. 
  • How and why Julia started Equity At The Table (EATT), a free directory featuring women/gender non-conforming individuals in/around the food industry and focuses primarily on POC and the LGBTQ community. 

Resources:

 
Cookbook and website: Simply Julia 
 
Julia’s Instagram 
 

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