Sunset over the Barossa Valley, South Australia

When Forrest Gump was running across America, reporters asked him, "Are you running for world peace, the environment? Why are you doing this?" Forrest replied, "...I just felt like runnin'."

That's how I ended up being interested in food. One day, and for no particular reason, I just felt like cooking. For many years, the few cookbooks I carted between apartments were random and covered in a hopeless layer of sticky dust. My lack of interest transitioned seemingly overnight into experiments with ancient grains and early morning trips to the Santa Monica Farmers Market. My friends and family count this change as one of the top 10 mysteries of the universe.

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That's all I have to say about that.