November 9th, 2014
In The Wall Street Journal

Judith Jones’ Kitchen

WSJ

In my mid twenties, I loved to cook. I hosted big dinner parties often and friends were always over for a meal. Then, I married and had children and cooking became my most loathed chore. A trip to the open market was once a favorite activity, now I dread grocery shopping. My girls and I actually play a game to see if we can be in and out of Whole Foods in under 15 minutes.

I don’t need Freud to understand my change of heart—too many years of making chicken fingers and having to provide a meal, even when exhausted and uninspired, killed my joy of cooking. But I am determined to reclaim a bit of the pleasure I once experienced preparing food.

I’m inspired by this very funny Q&A with cookbook editor Judith Jones in today’s The Wall Street Journal and I’m hoping that Jones’ new book “Love Me, Feed Me: Sharing With Your Dog the Everyday Good Food You Cook and Enjoy” will help me find my way back to the kitchen.

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  • Same here, but I attribute it to always “watching” what we’re eating. Not that fun to cook with calories in mind. I still cook for all of the family holidays, but I don’t give dinner parties anymore, and I do want to start again. Haven’t figured out the Freudian explanation on my dread of that.

    KathyNovember 9th, 2014  10:14 AM

     
  • Oh how I can relate! With a new babe on the way I fear I am headed back to the land of nuggets and fries… And just when I thought I had gotten away! http://www.lindleypless.com/opinion/stick-a-fork-in-it/

    Lindley Pless, The SentimentalistNovember 9th, 2014  10:16 AM

     
  • And how will you(r dog) treat kale? It was an inspiring article, particularly for this time of the year.

    ~SallyNovember 9th, 2014  10:37 AM

     
  • I totally relate to your experience. My children are grown now, and I can say the old energy and interest in cooking can return. Children are a joy, but don’t provide much inspiration for creativity in the kitchen. Back in the day, I would also have people over for a meal and take on the role of “hostess”. That part of it, however, I haven’t been able to revive. I do host a few family gatherings a year and have started to put more planning into it with tablescapes, garnishes, etc. I am finding it fun again rather than just stressful. I am still a reluctant hostess as to non-family events, however, and need to take the plunge!

    AprilNovember 9th, 2014  1:26 PM

     
  • You have been inspiring me with fashion ever since I started following your blog several years ago at the recommendation of my incredibly fashionable girlfriend. So a huge thank you. Now I hope I can inspire you to cook dinner with my blog A Year at the Table that I have been writing for four years. It features simple, seasonal main dish recipes for cooking dinner at home. I’ve always found the easiest way to be inspired for cooking dinner night after night is to center it on one main recipe. Depending on the recipe it might be all you need to make.

    Linda
    http://ayearatthetable.com/

    Linda AugustineNovember 9th, 2014  2:45 PM

     
  • Linda, Thank you, love your site!!

    PrestonNovember 9th, 2014  3:52 PM

     
  • I just bookmarked your site too – that pork tenderloin recipe looks great. Will make it this week.

    KathyNovember 9th, 2014  5:21 PM

     
  • This fall I have made a concerted effort to open up my beloved cookbooks and get cooking and baking again! As an empty nester now, cooking for two isn’t quite as gratifying–our children were good eaters and as they got older, became foodies, so I received a lot of positive reinforcement and accolades from them. So they spurred me on! I miss the adoring audience–but like April, I am a bit apprehensive about cooking for our couples friends. For now, I take more pleasure in setting the table, flowers, and serving great cocktails–with guests, I would call a trusted caterer to cook in for us.

    PaulaNovember 10th, 2014  2:13 AM

     
  • I used to have dinner parties, too. I don’t anticipate that era returning anytime soon. A cancer scare motivated my husband to become a vegan and low carb has proven the key to my lifelong struggles with weight. I guess we can enjoy kale salads together!

    joannawnycNovember 10th, 2014  9:56 AM

     

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