The Stranded Foodie Philosophy

Locate, create, and appreciate great food and drink wherever life takes you.

I believe that good food and drink provide essential sustenance, not just for the human body but for the human spirit. No matter where you are in the world or in life, you can eat well, savor the experience, and live more fully. You don’t need to be wealthy, professionally trained, or located near a culinary capital to take the journey. All you need is the passion to pursue and the courage to try.

What Is a “Foodie”?

“Foodie” is an informal term coined in the early 1980s by authors Paul Levy and Ann Barr as a replacement for words such as “gourmet” and “epicure.” Unlike its predecessors, “foodie” is all about democracy. Gourmets want to eat the best food and drink the best wine, but foodies also want to know everything about what they consume—where it came from, how it was prepared, and who prepared it. And because high-quality ingredients, tools, and information are now readily available to everyone, today’s enthusiasts can pursue their passion for good food and drink regardless of economic or professional status.

What Does It Mean to Feel “Food Stranded”?

Feeling gastronomically deprived or “food stranded” can happen to anyone. You might feel that way when you:

Move—You’ve come to a fork in the road and found yourself in a new place. You’re grieving for your hometown restaurants and ingredients, yet eager to sample and prepare fresh local cuisine. Where can you find what you need to make what you know and love? What’s best where you are now?

Travel—You can’t forget the Risotto Milanese you had on your first night in Italy, but you can’t find anything like it at home. How do you replicate a memorable dish?

Entertain—You’ve volunteered to host Thanksgiving dinner and vowed to brine your first turkey. Hungry friends drop in, and you long to whip up a dazzling cocktail, appetizer, or entrée on the spot. How do you rise to any occasion with style and confidence?

Need Comfort—You crave Grandma’s biscuits or Mom’s meatloaf, but you don’t have a recipe. How do you recreate a family favorite?

Flub—You broke the béarnaise sauce. You killed the yeast. You’re not alone. Even the best cooks make mistakes. How do you keep from repeating frustrating and costly recipe malfunctions?

Economize—You have to tighten your belt. You’ve said goodbye to your café coffees and bistro dinners. When you can’t go out, how do you still eat as if you do?

I hope this site becomes your go-to place to find the answers to those kinds of questions, so that wherever life leads, you never have to feel food stranded again.

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