Much Thanks to James Beard This Mother’s Day
Friday night I attended the James Beard Foundation Awards with my family – husband, children, parents and publishing. CLEAN START, one of three finalists in the Healthy Focus category, did not come home with the award, but three days later I am feeling very much a winner.
Not long ago, I was a full-time, stay-home mom teaching cooking classes and offering holistic health counseling on the side, and fairly certain that the greatest impact I could have in this lifetime would come from raising my daughters. Today, I am blessed with a national platform from which to create awareness and change in the way we nourish ourselves individually, as communities and as a nation.
Best of all…that change is happening, and mothers are at it’s core. Whether we are taking our children to the farm or the farmers market, working to promote healthy lunches or schoolyard gardens, cooking with our children, planting seeds, sharing a rainbow of food choices and talking about our own healthy choices, or educating our children by our actions and values…mothers are creating good health and nourishment every day for the next generation. My books allow me to share my journey, my inspiration and my knowledge, and it’s you who take those tools and use them to create our healthy future. Together, we make a great team! Thank you.
There are others I’d like to thank who I did not have the opportunity to do so on Friday. Marcus Leaver and the entire CLEAN team at Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., Andrew Brown and Kurt MacKenzie who design my books, Andrea Gentl & Marty Hyers for their beautiful photography, Tony Gardner my agent, Carol Leggett Public Relations, YC Media, Edible Communities and last but not least, my loving family who support me every day of this incredible adventure. But even more so, I’d like to thank my mother and all of the other mothers who give of themselves so fully and embrace their role as the nurturers of the next generation. Together we will create a clean, nourishing and delicious future for our children and our environment.
Happy Mother’s Day, and as is said at the James Beard Foundation, Oogywawa (“cheers” in Zulu)!
Eat clean live well!