Virtues, by contrast, we acquire, just as we acquire crafts, by having first activated them. For we learn a craft by producing the same product that we must produce when we have learned it; we become builders, for instance, by building, and we become harpists by playing the harp. Similarly, then, we become just by doing just actions, temperate by doing temperate actions, brave by doing brave actions. — Aristotle, from the Nicomachean Ethics
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I am a graduate student in philosophy who thinks that food is pretty great. In other words, when I’m not reading and writing (or running, or knitting), I cook, and after I cook, I eat.
I often find that people react with surprise when they realize what I’m making and eating, and this blog is my response to that surprise: Cooking well is a craft, and, like virtue, can be acquired. So you too can cook. (Even if you are busy. Even if you live by yourself and cook for one.)
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