Food is life! To put it simply, you cannot live without food. But what exactly is food? Webster’s dictionary defines food as: “material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy.” That’s just a complicated way of saying any substance you consume that sustains, energizes, helps heal, and maintains your body. My love affair with food started very early. I grew up in Memphis, TN in a family who believed in planting foods and eating everything fresh from the garden. We had a very large garden, nearly a quarter of an acre, that we planted every year in the spring. In this garden we planted everything from greens, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, beets, corn, herbs, squash, watermelon, to name a few. We had a variety of fruit and nut trees on the property also, including: apple, pear, peach, plum, walnut, pecans, hazelnuts, etc. Upon reflection it was like a southern paradise for me as a child.