I’m Leanne Brown, your friend in the kitchen. I am here to send a calming deep breath into your body as you cook so you can connect to the strength and ability that is already there waiting for you.
I believe with my whole heart that everyone can cook, but not everyone wants to cook. And that is okay! Cooking is part of how we take care of ourselves and others, but it’s not the only way. If it is something you sincerely want to learn, but feel some blocks with, I want to help you unstick yourself. Cooking is creative, and it’s a form of caring. So the attitude we approach it with is the biggest factor in how it will make us feel. Does cooking make you feel stressed or anxious? If so you are not alone.
I believe in a process-based approach to cooking. Sure, I want you to be happy and proud of your final dish, but in the long run I know you’ll come back to cooking again and again and become more skilled if the process is calming, grounding and playful.
We can connect with others through cooking by doing it as a shared project or by offering the food as a loving gesture. But outside of those opportunities with others, we always have the chance to connect with and care for ourselves when we cook. I believe that the skills we develop in the kitchen spill out and benefit the rest of our lives.
I live in Brooklyn with my partner Dan, our daughter Io and cat, Yoshimi. We moved to NYC from Edmonton, Canada in 2012 so I could pursue my Master’s in Food Studies from NYU. I have written several cookbooks (and have a new one coming out in January 2021!), most notably Good and Cheap, a cookbook for people with very tight budgets, particularly those on SNAP/Food Stamps benefits. The PDF is free (ahora en Español!), and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I’ve been super fortunate to be recognized through the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Food and Drink, and Food & Wine and Fortune named me one of the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.
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