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My Next Step

While perusing the aisles in the library, I felt as though I wanted to truly resonate with the book that I chose. And, let’s be honest, we all judge a book by its cover so I simply glanced over the names and front covers of the books in front of me. While searching for a title and cover to catch my eye, I came across a green-bordered book titled “The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove.” In no way did I want to start “loving the stove,” but I couldn’t help listening to the inner voice in my head reminding me that I will be moving into the city in three months. The intense feeling that I had prohibiting me from renting a cookbook type book from the library was only outdone by my motivation to start learning some simple tricks to save money and make my own food over the coming years. Thus, I proceeded to check the book out, shove it in my bag, and begin the journey of a lifetime.

Ok, it definitely wasn’t the journey of a lifetime, but it did seem to mirror much of what I will be going through in the coming months. Cathy Erway, the protagonist, and I will both be twenty-something individuals trying to make ends meet in the city. Although that’s where the similarities end, but the book continues to delve into the New York City style of “preferring to read a take-out menu than a recipe.” Cathy has had enough of this convenience food, and decides to live out the old maxim that “your twenties are the best years of your life to start saving” so she commits herself to cooking her own food. While she fears such a trend will propel her into perpetual loneliness by not being able to eat out with her friends and socialize over meals, she instead finds a passion in her life that makes her healthier, happier, and greener. While saving a ton of money, she also started entering cook-offs, supper clubs, and even begins her own recipe experimentation.

While this book does not appear to help me in my own food-illiterate plight, it does represent a possible path that I may need to take soon. I have been purchasing food constantly for the past four years, with very few breaks in which my mommy dearest supplied my nutrition, and I cannot imagine the amount of money that I have spent on such expenses. For my own future welfare, as well as applying this book to the class, I will most definitely try and incorporate the story of Cathy Erway and utilize what we have learned in terms of sustainable growth and organic, local grown food to my eating habits. In class we discussed the small cost it takes to purchase locally grown food, and the significant impacts such a change in ones diet could produce, thus implementing those changes into my eating schedule could benefit me health-wise and the local community financially. Maybe I’ll be entering into cook-offs and supper clubs in a few short months!


About Derek

I am a senior at Bucknell University where I am double majoring in Management and Psychology.


7 thoughts on “My Next Step

  1. This looks like a cool book. Did you find it in the exhibits? Or were you searching for a book on this subject? Like you, I’m finding more readings that seem relevant to our lives now that we will be college graduates and living and working on our own…a little intimidating but should be exciting!

    Posted by Lauren Daley | April 12, 2012, 5:57 pm
  2. This is a book Jordi gave me to read for my final paper! woooo. Good choice. That will be awesome if you actually learn to cook in the city. Then you can make me dinner every single night because I’m going to be living off of Ramen

    Posted by Catherine Gibbons | April 12, 2012, 6:45 pm
  3. This made me laugh too! I want to read this now. I literally have zero cooking skills… mac and cheese from a box is nowhere near a safe bet for me. I’m glad you found a book that’s somewhat helpful to us poor soon-to-be graduates and promotes healthy, sustainable eating habits too!

    Posted by Caitlin H. | April 12, 2012, 11:34 pm
  4. This is basically the story of my life senior year. Since it was the first year we didn’t have to purchase a meal plan, I decided to start cooking at home a lot more. Not only has it helped me save money, but I have definitely improved my cooking skills since the beginning of the year. I am definitely no pro, but I feel a lot more confident about transitioning into the “real world” where food isn’t made for you every day and where you actually have to cook for yourself. Cooking is actually really fun, and can definitely be a lot healthier and cheaper if you’re buying and cooking the right things. Sounds like an interesting book, Derek!

    Posted by Jenna | April 13, 2012, 2:28 pm
  5. Tying in personal experience AND reference to class materials – very clutch. I think this is relevant to most of us since we’ll all be venturing out to the “real world” in about a month. AH! The first time I started cooking for myself was abroad, and I was living off a very minimal food stipend from my program. I learned that it’s actually not too difficult to eat delicious food and plentiful food while still being cheap! Definitely a refreshing lesson.

    Posted by Beth O'Brien | April 13, 2012, 2:43 pm
  6. Maybe there is like cooking for dummies? I have a hug library of cookbooks. I will look and see if some of them might be useful. SOme are like “one pot meals” and others are “simple cooking.”

    Start with scrambled eggs. Easy. Cheap. Yummy when home made.

    Posted by Jordi | April 14, 2012, 7:01 am

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