I have always loved to cook. When I was a teenager, I would roast vegetables in the oven late at night, fascinated by the transformative process, and by the magic of learning to feed oneself.
In my first home away from where I grew up, my roommates and I would hold weekly dinner parties. How lucky, in retrospect, to live with so many people who loved to cook. Our dinners were celebratory, and messy, and none of us were amazing cooks, but that doesn’t matter. They were my favorite night of the week, without fail. We invited our neighbors over, and took turns hosting, and made intriguing vegan concoctions and macrobiotic casseroles. I hardly remember what we ate at all, because it was really about the people and the moments. That love for food and people, together at a table, has never left.
But the funny thing that has come with the life that I live now is that I have days that are so long that I don’t have any energy left to cook. I was lucky before, or perhaps my life was just less full. It was easier to make time for cooking. It was my hobby and my passion. And now, it is still those things, but it is also my job. And there are nights when, after standing for 10 hours, I don’t really have much left to stand some more to make dinner.
When Munchery invited me to try their meals for a week, I was totally intrigued. I knew that I would like it, but I didn’t know how sold on it I would be. It fills a definite niche. Eating food with friends and family remains my favorite way to spend time with people, and Munchery enables us to hang on to that ritual when we don’t have time to cook. Don’t get me wrong; I will never abandon cooking. But we all have those nights. When we won’t be home until 8. (They deliver until 9 every weeknight.) When one person wants sushi and another wants pizza. (They’ve got you covered on all kinds of fronts; I’m stoked on all the veggie and gluten-free options.) Or when what we’re really going after is a few stolen moments with our favorite people, and the best way to make that happen is to just get the food and take a night off from cooking.
Munchery is a whole bunch of things. It is next level TV dinner. It is a beautiful way to spend time with the people we love at home. It is a solution to the conflicted desire to order Thai or Korean. It is also easy, and fresh, and diverse. There is the most decadent, creamy, glorious nut milk I have ever tasted, and delicious, semi-wholesome treats, the kind of thing l like for a small breakfast in the morning. And you can order wine! Or sake! And plan on not only a simple, fresh, super tasty dinner but also have leftovers for lunch the next day. (Their portions are generous!)
Munchery is offering $15 off your first order for folks in San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. https://munchery.com/redeem/TheYearInFood
Do it! I’m in love.
(This post is in partnership with Munchery, who graciously provided a week of meals and compensation for this post, which allows me to thrive as a freelancer. All words, images and thoughts are, as always, my own!)