Five Questions for Lindy Mechefske, author of Out of Old Ontario Kitchens
What inspires you to write about food?
My love affair with food, and even more specifically, with the combination of food and history, began when I was three years old, rolling out the pastry for jam tarts in my grandfather's ancient Yorkshire kitchen. What I remember is this: food, love, joy.
Food is so often our first (and our last) memory of life. Food is community, culture, love. Food is our most fundamental necessity.
We are part of a global food community and food connects us — all of us — the whole immense global population. And the thing is, food is not just the world's largest industry, but it is also one of the ways in which we make the biggest impact on the planet. The way we eat and the food we choose to buy, grow, and cook, has staggering implications for the future of the world.
It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of food.