All kinds of magic is in store as I sit down to chat with Local Milk's very own Beth Kirby about slow living, her pantry of inspiring flavors from around the world and her new venture into hosting retreats around the globe! As a freelance stylist, photographer, recipe developer, curator of rich experiences, traveler of the world and downright wonderful writer, Beth's blog is a conglomeration of seasonal recipes, simple gatherings, reflections of quiet living and a slow, intentional approach to life and creativity. Besides winning Saveur's Sites We Love & Saveur's Reader's & Editor's choice in Best Food Blog, Beth's work has been featured in everything from Food & Wine Magazine, Kinfolk Magazine, Food 52 and more... and today we're honored to have her speak with us on the podcast!
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TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Beth's exciting new ventures in marriage and motherhood
- Local Milk's origins and how she organically found her focus through her love of cooking, despite all odds in her young life
- How the blog got its name, through a metaphor "local: being present" and "milk: nourishment and sustenance"
- Her relationship to the art of cooking, her history of loving to eat to being self taught in her teenage years living in New Orleans
- Beth's creative cooking process and how she sources inspiration... including keeping a page of notes dedicated to inspiring flavors she's tasted while traveling
- The particular flavors she's drawn to right now, in this season
- How Beth chooses the location and menu for her workshops and retreats through finding inspiring locations and un-tapped countries and connecting with her network
- Beth's definition of slow living... creating balance by slowing down to enjoy life with friends and family and also the time and effort it takes to produce great and meaningful results
- Taking time to be quiet and still in order to find discipline and beautiful experiences
- Slow travel and creating the non-typical tourist moments through connecting with locals, creating downtime to breathe and handpick meaningful experiences unlike those found in a guidebook
- Beth's advice for finding inspiration through the art of cooking
- A look inside Beth's history in being a self taught food stylist and photographer, and her process through experimentation and vacillating between the many styles she loves
- Being Japanophiles and how the landscape, the food culture and their love of imperfect beauty, shadow and light and brokenness and wholeness completely enthralls her
- Her Japanese pantry of inspiring flavors for anyone wanting a taste of Japan in their own home
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Her favorite picks for new readers: Buttermilk Biscuits & Homemade Marshmallows, Saison Steamed Mussels w/ Lemons & Saffron
- Haruka Sakaguchi, creator of The Denizen Co.