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The Foodie in Yourself Cooking to Impress

Cooking to Impress The Foodie in Yourself

I saw an interesting article titled “The top 50 signs you’re a foodie” and it also had a subheading of “The Top Ten Meals foodies’ can make”. I hit 47 of the top 50 signs and 9 out of the 10 meals. Seems  that makes me a foodie.

Hong Kong vegetarian meal foodie

Hong Kong Vegetarian Meal

When I was growing up, we ate wholesome food. There really was not much variety in my mom’s cooking. Truth be told, it was often on the bland side. I recall. Just a few years ago, she made a comment on my cooking concerning my use of different herbs and spices. She said she never cooked with them. A few weeks before I enter the army, my mother bought a Mexican TV dinner. After I ate it she commented, “Now if anyone asked if I ever had Mexican food, I could say yes”.

International Foodie

Since that “introduction” to international food, I have experienced many culinary delights from around the world. Makkolli tents in Korea, markets in Malaysia, street vendors in Thailand, food hawkers in Singapore, and tapas in Barcelona are balanced by fine dining in places like Hamburg, Dublin, Paris, London, and Las Vegas.

Along life’s journey I have become a pretty good cook if I must say so myself. Mostly self-taught, I have taken a few cooking classes. I even started to take a culinary course. That did not last long. By the third week, we were making brownies. Something I had been making for 50 years. I sat down with the head chef, and we reviewed the course. We both came to the conclusion that I could pass the course without attending any of the training, so I withdrew. It was a bit gratifying having a culinary school teacher telling me I was more knowledgeable and skilled than a culinary school graduate.

Cooking to Impress

The “Cooking to Impress” book was created as a guide to start someone cooking, but not in the traditional means. Many people have lost the urge to cook even to learn to cook. We have become a fast food and home delivery culture in many ways. Still, learning to cook is important. Learn a few basic skills, find a dish you excel at, then expand.
My book has not been what could be called a success. Those that have read it, tell me it is good. However, there are millions of books on Amazon, getting noticed is difficult. Not having any reviews does not help either.
Updating and expanding this website, is one step to get my book and me noticed.

Hello, I am Charles and I am a Foodie

There are many definitions of foodie out there. Wikipedia tells us” A foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and who eats food not only out of hunger but due to their interest or hobby and is passionate about food. The terms “gastronome” and “gourmet” define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure.
Those other terms have a more focused meaning. A dictionary definition:
A gourmet is someone with refined tastes who enjoys (and knows a lot about) fine food and drink. As an adjective, gourmet refers to high-quality or exotic food.
Gastronomy is the study of the relationship between food and culture, the art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetizing food, the cooking styles of particular regions, and the science of good eating

I am also a Hodophile. Here is a definition of that word. Hodophile (adj.) Origin: Greek. Definition: “Lover of roads”, or better “love of travel.” I have loved traveling for many years.

Cooking to Impress now will have a blog that will focus on food and food/ travel. I plan on doing some restaurant reviews, talk about cooking and eating experiences.
Foodies unite.