I have a friend who was generally vegetarian but over the last few months is now mainly vegan and gluten-free in an attempt to address a few health concerns of hers.
Flash-back two years to the time I was just a lonely boy with mediocre recipes and the cookbook, the book Thug Kitchen, was given to me. Since that day, the book has lead to some amazing dinners in the history books. And I figured now was the time to return the favor and give one to my friend.
I really do love eating and drinking with friends and family and I think there is something intimate when you purchase a cookbook for someone (although I'm not sure I've done it before). It has the potential to influence the food that goes into another's body - or even the bodies of an entire family.
But what if it is never used? I suppose that is the thing I can't control and I'm okay with that. I am passionate about trying new food combinations and letting my passion out into the world is the entire point. I've just never really done it via a random act of kindness.
I gave the book away today - and the normal things you might expect happen: Thanks you. You're welcome. This books looks great. Yeah, it's one my favorites - some good recipes. Vegetarian? Nah, all vegan and I think mostly gluten free. Wow, thanks. No problem.
But after that, I sat down and something came over me. The stress of it all was finally over. I put a part of me out there and the world didn't end. I felt content and what I can only describe as "centered". The world seems a tiny bit smaller now. Nothing too crazy or unexpected. I look forward to next week.
Paul in Amsterdam.