iReport: Who taught you to love food?
June 17th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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We're unapologetically obsessed with food, eating and the culture around it. It doesn't matter to us if you don't know Le Cordon Bleu from Captain Crunch: You eat every day, and you've got a story to share.

For Kat, our managing editor, the sudden appearance of a Madhur Jaffrey cookbook in her family kitchen, prompting her dad's exploration of Indian flavors each Sunday (in sharp contrast to otherwise dull weekday meals), set her on a lifelong, passionate pursuit of exciting flavors.

Associate Editor Sarah attributes her awakening to her local library and the works of Roald Dahl.

Says she, "I positively ate up his vibrant descriptions of lickable wallpaper in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and Bruce Bogtrotter's chocolate cake in 'Matilda.' My first cookbook, which I proudly purchased with lemonade stand money at the Benvenue Elementary School book fair, was even 'Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes.' Not exactly haute cuisine, but the joy of cooking and eating became an omnipresent part of my life thereafter."

We want YOUR stories of that person, place, book, restaurant or dish that made you sit up and start to see food as more than just a four-letter word.

Using iReport, share written words, videos and luscious photos if need be, and we'll share the most hunger-inducing ones in an upcoming feature. Please submit by June 22.

See the assignment on iReport.

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  1. jim forstythe

    I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

    June 24, 2010 at 12:13 am |
  2. Kat Kinsman

    The description of meat pies in Danny, Champion of the World has stayed with me for a long, long time.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  3. Carmen from chocri

    Oh, I loved reading all the Roald Dahl's Books, too! The two "Charlie And ..." books definitely rocked my world the most. And now I'm managing a chocolate company's branch in the US :) Dreams do come true!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
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