Sauce, the Food Blog: Protecting Stomach Linings and Finances Since 2009
Sauce! began in 2009, to keep friends, family and acquaintances — in graduate schools and new jobs in new cities — from wasting away expensively on TV dinners, instant noodles, burger-chain rubbish and take-outs.
Most of us were poor, overworked, and couldn’t boil water to save our lives. I was only a passable cook myself, but I could dish up different meals each night that weren’t promptly tossed in favour of pizza. Sauce! featured actual meals that I cooked and ate — easily, quickly and inexpensively prepared dishes from Bengal, India, and beyond.
Obesity and diet-related illnesses are the fifth largest risk to our health globally [WHO]
As a bunch of perennially rushed grad students and young professionals, we embraced the eating-out/ordering-in survival model, and promptly fell quite seriously ill. Some of us are still on medication from those artery-clogging days.
So, unless there are congenital illnesses or lack of vital resources, what one eats is a fairly accurate indicator of how healthy one will be. Plus it’s also an excellent indicator of how much one will save on both food and medical bills.
It seemed to me remarkably inefficient, and not very smart besides, that food — and simple, home-cooked meals — had been chopped from the narrative of good health.
Sauce! is an effort at putting food back into our pursuit of health and happiness.
I was brought up to believe that an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure (this is quite literally true, in the current healthcare market), and in keeping the doctor away with three delicious meals a day. I aim to spread this particular joy.