I am often asked, “What is Culinary Medicine?”
The answer usually involves a brief explanation of the multidisciplinary and evidence-based approaches to food, health, and wellness that form the foundation of the Culinary Medicine approach. This is something that I have covered in this column before (see “Culinary Medicine: A New Frontier for Innovation, Integration, and Implementation” and “Culinary Medicine: Beyond the Evidence” for further detail). This definition and detailed explanation, while technically correct and intellectually satisfying, like most things that feed only our heads, can leave us a little wanting.
Ingredients for Pappa al Pomodoro
Source: Red Tail Productions, LLC used with permission
Culinary Medicine is really much more about giving people the tools they need to empower themselves and re-forge a deeper, richer, and more nurturing relationship between themselves and the foods they choose to eat. It’s much less about categories, classes, calories, nutrients, and a one-size-fits-all, eat-this-not-that