amanda aldinger

My name is Amanda and I am a writer living in New York City. I love style and design, Malbec, am the oldest of four, and Con Air is not ironically one of my favorite movies. I am also very passionate about food, health and eating. I've had a blog before, a fashion blog called Sassafras, where I chronicled sartorial imagery I found inspiring. Although it persisted for a year, and I was lucky to have so many friends and family be such strong supporters (my mother baked Sassafras a no-bake cookie cake for its first birthday), it eventually died out as life got busier and my interest in fashion waned.

I have debated starting this blog, because I don't know that I want to be a blogger. What I do know is that for the past few months I've been writing about my daily meals in a journal and it has been one of the best personal writing experiences of my life. I know that over the past year a nearly decade-long battle with my relationship to food has evolved, changing my life in innumerable ways. I know that I am happier and healthier than I have ever been, and that I am eager to stretch my cooking muscles and to become the kind of cook who doesn't follow recipes, but creates them. I know that the past year of my life has been a revelation and a revolution for so many reasons, and for the first time ever, I feel compelled to write about it and share my experiences.

I have learned a lot about myself by chronicling my dinners, the thought and emotion that go into them, and how my cooking and eating experiences inadvertently reflect the development of my own life. And I can't think of a better way to write my story than through the lens of food. I think food is the most vital link to health and happiness, better than any medicine, and something that should be enjoyed, treasured and shared everyday. The food I cook and enjoy is healthy, predominantly vegan and organic, and focused on whole foods – not processed. The connection between food and health is extremely important to me, and that is a message I aim to share here.

Recently, I've toyed with the idea of writing a memoir. I've had a fairly diverse set of life experiences and have felt for a long time that I have a book in me. I think, in some ways, this is my book. That my book doesn't have to be a reflection, but rather the documentation of a life as it is being lived.

Sassafras has been a kind of incarnation of things I love, and right