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An Ocean Apart, Tales from Jintana W.’s Life: Charcoal grilled Gindara Fish, Potato, broiled greens with Sesame dressing and Kimchi, and Pumpkin/Radish/Carrot/Bok Choi/Seaweed in Dashi [More Love Yourself]

"Love Yourself". My mother, the legendary Jintana W., chose those two words as her album title on Facebook. I want to say that she’s carrying on the Redefiningfood legacy, but it’s really the other way around - rather, she’s reminding me of the way in which she introduced the joy of healthy food to my life. Encapsulated within the scene she sets out, I am privy to her view of the world from behind the camera lens, and it is a world where the beauty of food comes from its simplicity. It is a reminder of the thrill of curating ingredients with the same attention to detail as that paid to artifacts in a museum exhibit, and the exhiliration of crafting that into something which transcends simple nutritional fulfillment. It is a reminder of what inspired me to start this blog in the first place - not the puritannical adherence to a set of (non carbohydrate) rules, but rather indulgment in the enjoyment of loving oneself through food.
It is said with Tang Dynasty poetry that it is a form of mediating between two people, and mediating in two ways. Firstly, there is a proper form of writing, and in adhering to that one opens oneself up to other people, paying the respect required for entry into the conversations of the heirarchical society of aristocratic Tang China through poetry’s regulated verse. Secondly, and more importantly, poetry mediates a conversation by giving us a way of seeing the world - a poet’s way of writing is an invitation to the reader to see the world through their lens, and to understand their perspectives. 
I see the language of food very much like that. There are a set of norms which must be adhered to, to be sure - there is a “regulated verse” to the way we prepare food for it to be socially (or rather, gastronomically) acceptable. But the way in which an individual chooses to eat is also an invitation for the person sharing the meal to share the way in which the individual sees the world - the perception of what it means to “Love Yourself”, be it through deliciously sinful junk food, a diet of smoothies, a diet solely consisting of red meat or a diet of salads. And as with all languages, we may be predisposed to speak one dialect, one interpretation of the food language over others because of where and how we grew up. But ultimately, there is nothing deterministic about the way we choose to eat, and the way we decide to love ourselves. Like any language, the inflections and tones of the food language change as cultures and people do. Ultimately, the dialect we choose to speak is up to us. 
I’ve not been eating well the past few days. But “Love Yourself” is not just a facebook album title - it is an imperative that compells me to choose a way of eating that aligns with my perspective of the world. “Love Yourself” is not just a collection of pictures - it is a poem that gives me insight into a way of life that I want to recapture. And I am ready to take up the challenge of doing so. 
The “Love Yourself” by Jintana W collection - a fascinating array of foods which my mother has prepared for herself in her post-Jasmine life - will be posted under the Love Yourself tag. These will be Jintana W.’s photography, her cooking but my thoughts and writing. 

redefiningfood:

An Ocean Apart, Tales from Jintana W.’s Life: Charcoal grilled Gindara Fish, Potato, broiled greens with Sesame dressing and Kimchi, and Pumpkin/Radish/Carrot/Bok Choi/Seaweed in Dashi [More Love Yourself]

"Love Yourself". My mother, the legendary Jintana W., chose those two words as her album title on Facebook. I want to say that she’s carrying on the Redefiningfood legacy, but it’s really the other way around - rather, she’s reminding me of the way in which she introduced the joy of healthy food to my life. Encapsulated within the scene she sets out, I am privy to her view of the world from behind the camera lens, and it is a world where the beauty of food comes from its simplicity. It is a reminder of the thrill of curating ingredients with the same attention to detail as that paid to artifacts in a museum exhibit, and the exhiliration of crafting that into something which transcends simple nutritional fulfillment. It is a reminder of what inspired me to start this blog in the first place - not the puritannical adherence to a set of (non carbohydrate) rules, but rather indulgment in the enjoyment of loving oneself through food.

It is said with Tang Dynasty poetry that it is a form of mediating between two people, and mediating in two ways. Firstly, there is a proper form of writing, and in adhering to that one opens oneself up to other people, paying the respect required for entry into the conversations of the heirarchical society of aristocratic Tang China through poetry’s regulated verse. Secondly, and more importantly, poetry mediates a conversation by giving us a way of seeing the world - a poet’s way of writing is an invitation to the reader to see the world through their lens, and to understand their perspectives. 

I see the language of food very much like that. There are a set of norms which must be adhered to, to be sure - there is a “regulated verse” to the way we prepare food for it to be socially (or rather, gastronomically) acceptable. But the way in which an individual chooses to eat is also an invitation for the person sharing the meal to share the way in which the individual sees the world - the perception of what it means to “Love Yourself”, be it through deliciously sinful junk food, a diet of smoothies, a diet solely consisting of red meat or a diet of salads. And as with all languages, we may be predisposed to speak one dialect, one interpretation of the food language over others because of where and how we grew up. But ultimately, there is nothing deterministic about the way we choose to eat, and the way we decide to love ourselves. Like any language, the inflections and tones of the food language change as cultures and people do. Ultimately, the dialect we choose to speak is up to us. 

I’ve not been eating well the past few days. But “Love Yourself” is not just a facebook album title - it is an imperative that compells me to choose a way of eating that aligns with my perspective of the world. “Love Yourself” is not just a collection of pictures - it is a poem that gives me insight into a way of life that I want to recapture. And I am ready to take up the challenge of doing so. 

The “Love Yourself” by Jintana W collection - a fascinating array of foods which my mother has prepared for herself in her post-Jasmine life - will be posted under the Love Yourself tag. These will be Jintana W.’s photography, her cooking but my thoughts and writing. 

(via beautifulpicturesofhealthyfood)

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