If you saw the movie Julie & Julia you might remember it’s genesis…Julie, a passionate young cook is inspired by Julia Childs and begins a year long adventure preparing Juila’s recipes from the “Mastering the Art of French Cooking“. So meet Cathy Erway, a NYC food enthusiast, living in our nations restaurant capital who decides to eat in every day for two years! Not Eating Out in NYC is her blog which much like Julie’s blog from “Julie & Julia”, chronicles her journey of health, money saving and living more green tips and techniques.
Next week, in honor of Cathy’s book release, The Art of Eating In, The Huffington Post has created their own challenge. They are doing a weeklong experiment, February 22-28, inviting all of us to make the pledge of eating in for a week. They are encouraging us to:
- try a new recipe
- recreate an old family recipe
- host your first dinner party
- bake your first cake
- buy local
According to Cathy’s experience, by placing a small amount of time and effort in our daily bread, we are earning much more in return. Cathy experienced health benefits from cooking her own food. By putting her own condiments on and preparing her food with just the right amounts of oils and fats she was able to know where all of her calories came from. She also became much more aware of how often styrofoam and cardboard containers were being thrown into the recycling bins when she no longer “carried out”. Needless to say, she realized a significant financial return on buying all of her own food and preparing it herself.
For inspiration, check out Cathy’s blog, Not Eating Out in NYC, download some of The Best Apps for eating in, check out our Easy Eats ideas on the Coborns Delivers site, and most of all, have fun! You might even find out there’s a cook locked up in you just waiting to get out.
We would love to hear from you about your eating in experiences. Remember, ANY time is a good time to eat in!