Cooking for Writers
Cooking on a smoker has become my new hobby. If you aren't familiar with the idea it involves cooking at low temperatures for long periods of time. It requires patience, you have to tend your fire to keep it at the right heat and you are tortured by the wonderful smell of food cooking over whichever food you prefer. In the picture I am cooking ribs, potatoes, a chicken, and a pork butt over Applewood and Maple.
What's the point to this?
Well when smoking for a long period of time you are given time to think. I have been thinking.
I have decided that every aspiring writer should take up this hobby as it translates well to writing.
First there is the selection of food. What are you going to smoke? Are you going to use a marinade, a dry rub, or some other type of seasoning. What wood are you going to use? These question help foster creativity in a most delicious manner.
Secondly, patience. You have to have patience. You cannot keep opening your smoker to check the meat because then you lose heat. A common phrase is "If you're looking, you aren't cooking." When writing you must have patience. Whether you are waiting for your test readers to finish your book, agents to respond to your query or for your book to sell you must have patience.
Third tending the fire. You have too keep your fire at the right temperature otherwise you cook to fast. You have to add more wood to keep the smoke rolling. Mich like you have to write often to keep your creativity running, to improve your writing skill and to actually finish a book. Once you are published if you want a career you have to keep getting books published or the fire of your popularity made fade.
Finally there is the pay off. With writing the pay off comes when you are finally published, when that first fan asks for you to sign a book, when an agent tells you they love your manuscript and wish to sign you. With smoking the payoff comes when your food is ready to eat. All of your creativity, patience, and work pays off with a delicious meal and the admiration of anyone eating food you have made.
Take my advice, if you are an aspiring artist, writer, whatever, invest in a smoker, learn to use it. Use it often, use it well. The time spent smoking is also great for finding new ideas.
Enjoy my friends.