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We are by no means food experts, nor are we professional cooks, but we are passionate beginners and curious outsiders.  We are committed to learn and discover healthy and simple ways to prepare food.  Austin Kleon wrote in his book Show Your Work: “Amateurs are just regular people who get obsessed by something and spend a ton of time thinking out loud about it…” This blog is the enthusiastic “thinking out loud” from us amateurs.  We hope that you will come along with us as we embark on this adventure.  

You will discover with us all sorts of delicious recipes, and along with the food, Joan will share colorful little stories of her life straddling both continents.  Feel free to skip them and cut to the chase. Here’s a brief sampling of the types of recipes we’ll try out and share with you:

  • “healthy” (whatever that means, most of our recipes are healthy)
  • vegetarian
  • vegan
  • paleo
  • gluten free
  • “clean eating” (also rather subjective, but you get the basic idea…)
  • baking
  • slow cooker
  • sugar-free
  • raw


11 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Joan,

    I became a fan after watching you in Saving Face. Just found your blog and think your posts are adorable! Reading them makes me smile. Keep up the great work- you’re an inspiration!


  2. Hi, Joan
    I ‘ve been your fans since your first movie-青春 when I was in China,like reading everything about you, married here, my hubby, Dan also your fans, “she still looks great”, that what he comments you whenever I show your recent pic, guess what.? We are all big eater, what you listing all my likes, one thing also in common, we all come from Droctors family, my husband’s family even tracking back three generations for being Drs, Are Dr’s kids all like eat pork/sweets/cakes……Chinese Huamei(化梅,melon seeds(傻子瓜子)……huh,huh,just kidding, Yeah, actually , you are rightit’s time watching health now

    Take care


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  3. II
    ..strange damnation, because beauty is moulded only for pure delicate things. This is why a simple salad (olive oil please, no sticky dressings) may possess that distinctive womanhood which must be classed with flowers and music.

    Someone said.


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