Just what is it that so entices us about good food, good drinks, and good times with good friends? I suppose it’s a culmination of things; some more sentimental, like memories of family dinners or the certain way your great-grandma prepared her meatballs. Perhaps others more self-indulgent, like a good stiff drink to ease the chaos of every day life or to avoid delving into deeper matters of the heart. Or–maybe–it’s just present-day comfort, a big bowl of mac and cheese to process the busy weeks ahead, the 9 to 5’s, the pleasure of fleeting weekends. Beyond our primal instinct to put food in our stomachs; food is a beautiful thing.
All I know is that food–a good meal–is our home away from home. From the times of New Amsterdam and Old Gotham to current day N-Y-C, one thing has remained consistent. Here in New York City, many of us are far, far away from where we began our journey; some from Jakarta, Guangzhou or Ercolano, Stockholm or Conakry. Others, like myself, from just a quick train-ride’s away. Remarkably, we all bring the recipes and meals and flavors of our homes, our families, our cultures and traditions right here to this very place. We live in a major gathering point, a cultural hub. Queens is the most diverse place on the planet; every country is represented here in New York. At a time where differences are so prevalent–no matter where we are, no matter who we are or what we believe–at the end of the day, we all end up in the same place…at our table. We all end up sitting around a meal or whatever we can manage with our family, our friends, our roommates or loved ones.
So I suppose it’s food and cooking that can remind us of the common ground we can all stand on, of what’s ultimately most important to each and every one of us. It’s not just about the food, but it’s what the food stands for; it’s what happens while we cook or eat. It’s when we talk about our day, it’s when we catch up with those we have not seen in a while, its how we celebrate any number of milestones or just the start of one more weekend. That… and it tastes so damn good.
Hi – I’m Corinne, the writer, food-maker, and techy nerd behind this blog. I’m originally from Montclair, New Jersey, and after attending college I moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a few wonderful and wild, yet remorsefully expensive years. It was in 2012 that I began this blog, in an attempt to document all of the wonderful things I was cooking and eating throughout New York City. In 2014, I moved to Paris for two years, where I was working as a Chef. As of August 2016, I’m back!
As for a bit about myself: I studied photography at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers in New Jersey. I’ve been working in restaurants for over ten years now, and I’m as obsessed with food as a person can be. I’m Italian-American too, which definitely doesn’t help the situation. My roots are really important to me; Italians believe in living simply and frugally, which is the entire basis of this blog. A $30 food budget is enough, using everything in your kitchen is imperative, and there are places to enjoy an excellent meal with friends that don’t break the bank. America’s relationship with food is in a really complicated spot, and so this is my small effort to make a few more people aware of it. We have enough, and we can be healthy, while still loving hot, cheesy burritos. Anyway, that’s the gist of it. I never went to culinary school, my mom taught me how to cook. I love things like music, travel, reading The Economist during a long flight or train ride, and learning new languages; I’ve got a few under my belt already.
To me writing a food blog didn’t seem like a hobby, it seemed like my calling, the perfect synchronization of food and life and travel and art and people, all things I’m most passionate about. So here you have it, and I hope you enjoy.
FREQUENTLY (RARELY) ASKED QUESTIONS
Hey, if I didn’t offer up information you never asked for, there wouldn’t even be a blog in the first place.
What are you trying to say in this blog?
Well, since the beginning, Brooklyn Munch has been about doing more with less. Go out, don’t spend tons. Travel, with no money. Eat home, make big meals in little kitchens with even littler budgets. I firmly believe that true peace of mind, crucial life skills, and downright sexiness all stem from being capable in your own kitchen.
Do you have a weekly budget?
Indeed I do. My core pitch is that for $30 per week, you can happily, healthily, and gloriously feed one hungry individual, such as yourself. You can find articles and grocery lists all about that in the kitchen section of my blog.
What are your favorite things?
Favorite things include drinking champagne in a dress and high heels, because nothing instills a life of ‘no reasons to dress up ever’ like food blogging from your own kitchen. Also beef jerky, Indian food, tacos, dry sarcasm, dark humor, light humor, traveling to Italy and all other places, the people in my life whom I love very much, all types of jazz, gambas a la plancha, philosophy, spicy food, a good bender, Life cereal, yellow rice, riding around Paris on the scooter, my mom’s cooking, charcuterie, and the road less traveled. Also my India cookbook by Pushpesh Pant, which is like my bible.
Most of those were food…
That’s not a question!
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Do you do sponsored posts, freelance, photography or recipe development?
Yes! You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Friends, Family, and Readers,
Though Brooklyn Munch is a website designed to help others, it is really all of you who have helped me. You’ve helped me to satisfy a sense of creativity, to turn my small project into a small business, and to satisfy a much deeper sense of fulfillment within me; one that I admit I was really searching for. It goes without saying that without all of you, none of this would be remotely possible, and for that I am so grateful. If all of you didn’t believe in me so much, there would have been no chance for my weird project to grow into something legitimate. Your support means the world to me and not a day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to have had this opportunity and to have you all in my life. Everyone in this world meets by chance, and I am truly amazed the slim chances that I have been awarded to know all of you. I really am a very lucky friend / daughter / foodie. I hope that I can continue to have this incredible opportunity in the future, and to keep making all of you proud.
Thank you so much. With love,
Thank you to the following people who have helped fund my Kickstarter campaign.
John & Josephine Heffernan (Mom & John), Robert & Debby Cuozzo (Dad & Debby), Robert & Annemarie Cuozzo, Grace & Lebo Barbagallo, Sean & Lani Keane, Anne & Michael Littlejohn, Deirdre & David Masur, Kellen Pilsbury, Brian Scardino & Chubbs, Courtney Langan, Alexandra Fox & Samantha Littlejohn, Ed & Denise Mayer, James Michael Goodwin, Ethan Kende, Michael Scala, David & Darlene Gusk, Patti Carlucci, Trish DiPette, Mary Montovano, Zach Stern, Michael Anstadt, Sonja & Tom O’Brien, Spencer Mehr, Joseph, Jim & Jen Bonardi, Donna Sirico, Mario Batali, Bertold Wiesner, Elaina Young, Lucy Lorello, Sabine Reichelt-Nauseef, Charles Wilson, Jill & Richard Brenner, Rebecca Anstadt, John & Anita Zavacky, Todd & Susan Degerdon, and thanks to my siblings, Meghan, Robert, Katie & Maura.
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