A Culinary Lifestyle Guide for Young Adults
Leaving the nest behind is a big transition, one that no doubt has you excited and pre-occupied by all kinds of important things. Chances are none of them involve what you’re going to eat or how you’re going to feed yourself, but these are important to consider. Why? Aside from the obvious fact that you’re going to have to eat multiple times every day, food will impact your life in more ways than you notice or even give it credit for. With that in mind, this book is intended to be more than a basic cookbook, it’s a culinary lifestyle guide designed for young adults leaving the safe-haven of their mom’s kitchen for the very first time
If you’re already out on your own, that’s cool too. Most people nowadays skip the food-independence phase of establishing themselves anyway. What I mean by that is many young people eat out most of the time and then make do with pre-packaged, relatively instant meals the rest of time. They know only a handful of recipes and they probably use pre-made foods as a base but left to their own devices, they couldn’t make a wholesome, homemade meal even if you put all the ingredients right in front of them. Because of this, restaurants and pre-packaged foods aren’t just a convenience anymore; they’ve become a whole way of life. Don’t get me wrong, restaurants are amazing and ready-made foods can be lifesavers, but people shouldn’t have to rely on them because they know no other way. After all, it’s because of our reliance on these low quality, processed foods and too-rich, too-massive, restaurant portions that we’ve become obese and disease ridden as a general population.
This book will teach not only the basic necessities of cooking, like sanitation, safety and methods of preparation, it’ll also provide a glimpse into practical nutrition and how to make the most of your money. The scrumptious recipes I’ve included are things you can cook in basically any setting, whether you have a full kitchen or are stuck in a dorm room making due with a mini-fridge, a hot plate and toaster oven.
All of these recipes meet the following criteria:
Chef Darrell “DAS” Smith fell in love with food when he was just 19 while attending college and heading towards a career in business. After seeing the response that he got from serving hors d’oeuvres at parties he decided to take his love for food to another level put his personal twist on it and make it his business.
Growing up in Ypsilanti, Michigan (right outside of Detroit) in a household where food was always associated with family, he experienced the social impact that it has and its ability to bring people together and change their moods. After realizing that there is no area of life where food is not included, he figured out that he could put himself on any path that he found to be interesting such as in the world of television, politics and education. That is what inspired him to step outside of the traditional lines of being a chef and expand his position further.
Chef DAS has been featured on the Food Network’s “Next Food Network Star,” the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Home Made Simple” and was selected to prepare a luncheon for the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
His desire and passion for mentoring and teaching young adults the importance of having a healthy culinary lifestyle led him to create a first-class, state of the art Culinary Arts program in a California distinguished high school. Because of this passion he is dedicating much of his time to create additional educational programming through books, seminars, television and more.
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