As a Disabled Cook, I Need Adaptable Recipes
When it comes to food prep, I have to be honest with myself about what I’m capable of—and, more importantly, what I’m not.
How badly do I want to cook with this ingredient? If I chop this onion now, will I still be able to write an email later? How much will this exhaust me?
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When I developed nerve problems in my hands, so much of what we do in the kitchen was suddenly inaccessible to me.
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It is not enough to be pretty. It is not enough to be obedient, or deferential, or useful. Being not a problem is not enough for a person to live on.
It was a corny, educational joy, as if Bill Nye and Monty Python had teamed up to teach America how to cook.