HOMEPLACES

Why We Eat at Home

By Lindsey DeLoach Jones / Photography By Brian Kelley | Last Updated November 01, 2014
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Profiles of cooks in their kitchens from across the region.

Obligation—the necessity to put something edible on the table for, say, clamoring teenagers—may get us cooking, but it won’t keep us cooking. (There’s always take-out.)

Even the best home cooking often starts out of duty, but it will continue only out of love, whether for the ingredients, the process, or the eaters themselves. Home cooks’ customers are family members and friends; their business hours are the moments between swim practice and bedtime stories; their training is tradition.

For home cooks, the kitchen is a place for resting, laughing, fighting and feasting. It is a place for creating better things out of good things. Whether their kitchens boast the shiniest Viking appliances or the avocado-green, sauce-stained stovetops of the 1970s, heaps of gadgets from lemon zesters to olive stuffers or just a wobbly set of knives, home cooks make the most of what they have.

Cooking is not just what they do; it’s who they are. And they are never more themselves than during the holidays, when their flavorful contributions are at the heart of every gathering.

Because sometimes even the best home cooks go unnoticed in the kitchen, we celebrate them here.

Home Cooking With... Ellie Taylor

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The author of Feeding Our Kids shows us how skill is just as important as a sense of humor in the kitchen.

Home Cooking with Knox & Marsha White

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The Whites, relaxed at home, and how you can’t really beat a church cookbook.

Home Cooking with Savita Nair & John Carroll

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New traditions arise when you blend two strong cultures, or how coconut shrimp became a Thanksgiving staple on an Irish family table.

Home Cooking with Jason & Julia Scholz

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The couple behind Stella’s Southern Bistro on why two cooks can’t share the same kitchen

Home Cooking With... Undra Jeter

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This poultry farmer and fitness buff makes a case for eating what tastes good, as well as what’s good for you.

Home Cooking with Steve & Michelle Ellis

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At Bethel Trails Farm, they had us at bacon. (And at pork tenderloin, chops, sausages…)

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