If we share…

Do you believe that a conversation can make a difference?

“I think we have enough food for everyone, if we share,” I overheard a young woman say to her friends as she passed by the table where my husband & I sat in the sunshine reading the latest newspaper over coffee. What caught my attention was the words “enough” and “everyone,” especially since we were surrounded by coffee shops, grocery stores and bakeries. Why not take advantage of the abundance of food available in the vicinity?  If they were worried that they didn’t have enough to eat, they could always buy more food to make sure. But they moved on, satisfied to commingle their resources.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been thinking about the strategic direction of Taking the Kitchen. There are remarkable food blogs that provide an astounding variety of recipes that inspire and delight. But when I think of Taking the Kitchen, I go back to the young woman. “I think we have enough food for everyone, if we share.” Going forward, Taking the Kitchen will be about community (share), diversity (everyone) and frugality (enough).

A conversation can make a difference.

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Shopping in a Venice Market

How Many Food Blogs Are There, Anyway?

Blogging has become a national pastime. For me, it’s a remarkable way to define a transitional boundary. According to Technorati.com there are over 1.3 million blogs, which can be subdivided into the categories of Sports, Politics, Autos, Technology, Living, Green and Science.  Food blogs come under the heading of Living.  And as of today’s date, May 31, 2012, Technorati.com notes there are 16,588 food blogs. Taking The Kitchen comes in at 16,589.

Throughout history, communication enabled us to systematize and transfer information.  The process of receiving or conveying a message is complicated, which makes it all the more exciting. It should come as no surprise that new technologies are expediting the dialogue. Blogging is growing exponentially with the help of websites such as Blogger, Weebly, tumblr and WordPress.

Friends and family are amazed that I have decided to write about food, especially since my focus has always been elsewhere. To be honest, I have no plan or strategy for this blog, as is my usual modus operandi. I’m starting out with a fresh (for me) approach to food preparation. Taking the Kitchen will record my thoughts and cooking adventures.

Food is about connections. It is also the substance of life, for without it we would not exist. Exchanging ideas and recipes is not a new concept. We are just getting better at knowledge transfer. We are reaping the benefits of innovations in efficiency and diversity. At the same time, we live in a world where many do have access to adequate water, food and shelter. Sharing resources is a global dialogue, but it begins in every kitchen.

Most of all, Taking The Kitchen, celebrates the joy of breaking bread together.

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An Italian Lunch – Castelraimondo, Italy 

Update March 1, 2016.  The link to Technorati – the World’s Largest Blog Directory is no longer in existence according to my most recent “google search.”  Even so, there is no doubt that Food Blogs will continue to be with us.  I truly enjoy these amazing bloggers – they continue to share their love and joy of food and community.

Rebecca aka Clanmother