In the couple of months I’ve known Wendi Mosteiko of Bon Appetit Hon, I’ve seen that she’s an incredibly generous food blogger. In addition to posting stories and recipes five days a week, she still has time to comment and offer tips on other food blogs, including this one. Today, Wendi talks about her thoughts on adapting recipes, her favorite meals, and the food lessons she’s learned during her years of blogging.
My Morning Chocolate: When did you get interested in food, and who were your biggest food influences?
Wendi at Bon Appetit Hon: I got interested in cooking and food about five years ago. Until that point, I was living a mostly Lean Cuisine, frozen blob life. I had a tiny apartment kitchen with oddly small appliances (and zero counter space) and I think I used that as an excuse not to challenge myself to eat better. When the Food Network, and my husband (he brought cable to the relationship), came into my life I began to see that cooking was not out of my reach and that I didn’t have to depend on frozen meals or spaghetti all the time.
I would have to say that my biggest influences were Food Network (generally) and my grandmother. Food Network opened the door of my curiosity about cooking, and the memories of my grandmother fixing big Sunday dinners are what grounds my cooking style. Of course, my grandmother is also the same person who introduced me to frozen meals, cooking bags, and Swanson chicken pot pie. As a product of her times – she’s 87 now – she experienced the first food revolution when frozen, canned, and convenience foods were the housewife’s salvation.