“Cooking is love made visible”

Cooking

As defined by dictionary.com, is the art of preparing food. The art, not the act, not the practice… The art of preparing food.

I love that. It’s rather poetic, I think.

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Risotto, beef and goat cheese spread, bruschetta and grilled mushrooms.

A few weeks ago I shared that I went to see a therapist; I initially went to see her because I was struggling to adjust and cope with Lucas living far away. I was very afraid that being in different cities would cause us to become distant. In my very first appointment I talked a lot about how I was constantly reminding him how much I cared, loved and missed him. And while he always said it back, I didn’t feel as though he put as much effort into doing the same for me. My therapist, Angelika, immediately introduced me to the 5 love languages.

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Surf & Turf with garlic butter and a green salad.

The 5 Love Languages is a book by Gary Chapman. He says that there is no right way to express love and that each and every person expresses and experiences love differently. Chapman has broken down these ways of loving into 5 categories or love languages. Any given person may use one or all of the love languages at any given time but it’s very common to value 1 of the 5 languages above and beyond the others.

  1. Giving words of affirmation
  2. Spending quality time
  3. Giving/receiving gifts
  4. Acts of service
  5. Physical Touch

As I described above, I highly value the love language of giving words of affirmation. I feel that it is important to tell someone how you feel. Perhaps this comes from my literature background or my theatre background, who knows. All I know is that words have a lot of power and meaning for me, so when I tell someone that I love and care for them, I really mean it.

Lucas, on the other hand, values the love language of acts of service above the others. He feels that it is more important to do something for someone as a means of showing love than it is to simply say it. He is an actions speak louder than words kind of guy.

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Pork tenderloin, asparagus and mango salad.

In his book Chapman explains that it is pretty common for couples to use love different love languages to express how they feel. The issue arises when one or both parties don’t realize that they are speaking different languages. Since learning about the 5 love languages I am have had a much easier time experiencing and expressing love. And not just in a romantic way, towards my family and friends as well. I’m more in tune now to what they need. For example, cleaning the kitchen for my mum means so much more to her than just saying to her that she’s great, although she also appreciates a the words when they are said.

As for me and Lucas; I was feeling down because he wasn’t reciprocating my words of affirmation, ie. He wasn’t expressing love in the language I understand best. Instead he would provide acts of service, for example, cooking me a romantic meal. Being a chef, cooking is Lucas’ favourite way of expressing his love. When I visit him at school Lucas spends most of the day deciding what he’s going to make for dinner. In the afternoon we go shopping and in the evening he cooks! We listen to music, we drink wine, we chat about life and he cooks. I offer to help but he enjoys cooking for me because that is the best way he knows how to express love. And man oh man, do I love him for that.

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Charcuterie board.

“Cooking is love made visible”

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2 thoughts on ““Cooking is love made visible”

  1. super weird coincidence, the radio show i intern for just interviewed this author recently. this got me interested in his stuff and i’ve been researching it in my free time lately. i’m all about the quality time more than anything else. i’ve always been a shitty gift giver… go figure, when i took the quiz it was dead last in my ranking by a long shot. anyway, one of the biggest struggles i’ve had all my life is the disconnect on quality time. life is busy, things get crazy… and attending western meant making friends with people who would eventually move away. you know how it is. this has left me in a semi-regular of “oh my god my friends don’t love me the way i love them.” the 5 love languages has helped me make sense of all that a little bit more. it’s cliche but true that just because someone doesn’t love us the way we want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love us with everything they have.

    i’m still so glad that your therapist is working out for you. self improvement of any kind is awesome but i think mental health is particularly overlooked.

    sorry for the ramble but this post is so eerily close to what i’ve been going through lately. TLDR: i am happy that you are happy. 🙂

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  2. When I found out about the 5 languages of love it was like a light clicked on inside and I understood many of the issues I had with relationships just like that. Baking is one of the big ways I show love, and also like to receive it 😉

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