GastroCurious is a personal travel log of a gastronaut exploring the deep space of food culture.
I am an American marketing professional from the Midwest who defected to Southern California nearly two decades ago. Though I missed my culinary calling, I’ve tried to make amends by eating my way through as many food cultures as possible and staging ambitious re-enactments in my own home.
My Irish/Swedish/Polish blood flows through an inexplicably Mexican heart. A deep love for the people of Mexico and the unique cultures they preserve eventually lead me across the Atlantic to Spain, where the Basque, Castilian, and Catalan kitchens demonstrate centuries-old culinary ties to their once-conquered Mesoamerican cousins. However tied, the “how and why” of a nation’s cuisine is as unique as the flags they fly. So, I travel, taste, and tease answers from chefs and home cooks, hoping to discover the tales that season culinary tradition.
Throughout the journey, I’ve studied numerous cuisines and learned the fundamental techniques necessary to cook like a pro. I have taken on all manner of animal, vegetable, and mineral with the help of sage mentors and learned tips and tricks used in every restaurant kitchen to produce restaurant-quality results in my home. Some techniques are easier than you might think, and others are much, much harder than you can imagine. All of them elevate the joy of eating.
So, whether you know the gram-to-liter ratio to make molecular magic with soy lecithin or you simply love to read the stories behind the people who produce, cook and serve great food, GastroCurious is for you.
In need of a food-savvy writer, recipe tester, cooking instruction, or gastro-adventure guide? Send me message and tell me what’s up. We will cook up a plan!