CC: What is one food that you disliked
the most over the years but have come to
OW: I started out disliking beets
because Stedman [her partner] disliked
beets. So I just joined in the anti-beet. I
was away from him and ;lming a movie,
and there was a beet salad. And I had the
beets, and I really liked the beets. I’m like,
‘How am I going to tell Stedman? I have
broken the beet vow.’
CC: In the book you tell a story about
when you were a little girl sitting in front
of the television, watching Lassie, and how
much soup meant to you back then.
[Campbell’s Soup was a sponsor of the
show.] How do you still embrace the power
OW: Soup has an emotional connection to me because that’s where my connection to food actually began. I really
would watch Lassie, hoping for Lassie to
come home. [When Lassie brought Timmy
home at the end of an episode, Timmy’s
mom would serve up a bowl of soup.] I
loved the end of the show because I
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“Eating good food surrounded by people
that you want to share your life with is one of the
great communal experiences of our lives.”
thought that was real—because it was the
opposite of the kind of life that I was leading. Timmy’s mother giving him the soup
was the warmth and comfort and love that
I thought, “Oh, that’s what moms do.”
CC: If you could go back in time and
talk to that little girl, what would you say
OW: I would tell her, “Hold on. You’re
in for the ride of your life.” And I would
also tell her, “I don’t know what the future
holds, but I know who holds the future.”
Because that has been my mantra.
CC: Looking at your life as a dish, how
has it evolved over the years with the various stages of your personal development?
OW: It has become richer, fuller, with
more ingredients, while at the same time
simpler. The ingredients are healthier,
and vital and nutrient giving, and also
simpler. The way I eat has become a metaphor for life and living.
CC: If there is one key takeaway for
people from the book, what would it be?
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O W: You don’t have to sacri;ce. Eating
good food surrounded by people that you
want to share your life with is one of the
great communal experiences of our lives.
And it’s done all over the world. And people
all over the world get the same kind of stimulation, joy and contentment from it. C
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