As you probably know by now, I believe in the transformative power of hospitality. I also believe that while never the point of hospitality, good food plays a major role in the art of creating space for others and ourselves.
Is it possible to exercise hospitality without cooking? Certainly. But I would argue that nothing can compare to the experience of tasting homemade food made with love. Knowing how to create mouthwatering meals is a powerful tool in setting the stage for memorable connections.
Knowing that homemade food creates memorable connections, begs an important question. How did you learn to cook? Or, perhaps more to the point, have you ever learned to cook?
For some of us, we had a model growing up. Perhaps it was a grandmother or aunt or mother who we stood next to in the kitchen, watching their hands at work, learning how to handle a chicken, season a stew, or bake a pie.
But for many of us, that model did not exist. Many of us don’t know how to cook because we never had the opportunity to stand next to someone in the kitchen and watch them work their magic. Cooking at home has become a bit of a lost art, and as a result, we no longer see cooking in action.
In the absence of a trusted guide showing us how to cook at home, the internet has filled that void. We have access to a wide array of videos showing bits and pieces of cooking, but the process is glamorized, sped up, and important details are often deleted or skipped. As a result, when we step into our home kitchens, we can feel ill-equipped, frustrated, or confused.
The hurried pace at which most cooking videos present the process of creating a meal is entertaining, but not entirely accurate. It takes a lot of care to create the kind of food that causes you to marvel at each bite. Fast videos, while fun to watch, do not allow space to explain the details that matter.
I am a fan of efficiency, I understand the value of thirty minute meals, and there is nothing wrong with quick dinner solutions. But if all you know is quick, you are missing the part of cooking that is slow, methodical, and requires more knowledge than a sixty-second video can show.
The purpose of Katherine Sasser Learn is to model slow, careful cooking in a way that shows you all the important details and allows you to watch the hands of a trusted friend show you exactly how to cook a delicious dish from start to finish.
Katherine Sasser Learn currently showcases sixteen different learn-at-home video lessons, each one centered around an heirloom-quality recipe. The videos are shot in real time, with ample opportunity to explain the details that matter. Each lesson delivers a wealth of cooking knowledge along the way, and in the context of learning one recipe, you will leave educated in a way that will improve all of your cooking.
Cooking can be a joy, and the finished results an avenue for transformation. However, there is not a short cut for quality, not a way to speed up the process of careful attention to detail. The time spent learning the art of creating homemade meals is an investment on a future experience, and along the way you will be transformed. If you are looking for a way to learn the art of cooking alongside a trusted friend, I hope these videos will provide a path forward.
Creating Katherine Sasser Learn has been a labor of love, and as always, I appreciate you supporting my creative work. I have created these videos with you in mind, and I cannot wait to hear what you think!