Telling Yue's Food Story 关于悦食记
Written by Yue Zhang
In 2009, I imagined a number of difficulties I might encounter before I first came to US for my undergraduate study, like the language, the school and the social. However, none of these had really bothered me like food. Yes, FOOD. I never cooked before but when facing a lot of food that I could not get used to, I had to learn how to cook during my sophomore year. I made a lot of mistakes and almost ruined the kitchen, but finally made something edible. I send the pictures to my friends and family just to show off that even a kitchen dummy like me could finally feed myself. They were surprised so I kept posting my cooking pictures. After almost five years, to everyone’s surprise, a hobby became a real food blog. And yes, it is an impossible task if I am the only one behind this.
So, the other author and photographer of Yue’s Food Story, is my boyfriend, Yue Shi (yes we have the same first name hah).
In 2012, I supposed to have fun traveling during our spring break. However, my mood was at low ebb because I have so many pressures with my relationship, my life and my coursework. So I decided to stay in the university to give myself a break. Yue stayed to finish his artwork too, so we went out to eat together a lot. One day he asked me if I wanted to grab some home cook for brunch. I definitely went with pleasure and…doubt. It was a sunny day of a warm spring; he made some porridge and Chinese braised beef. To my surprise, they tasted really good. I almost cried when I sat there and ate because I thought of everything I’ve been through at that time.
We had a tacit of not mentioning any of my problems; I just ate, sat on the sofa, while he was working on his artwork. It was so quiet and peaceful. Suddenly I didn’t feel sad any more. There was no sentimental complain or tears at all, all of the problems were solved by the braised beef and the porridge.
That day changed my college life completely. After the spring break, my coursework and my life went so well that I almost cannot believe it. I started to swim and continued to cook; I got higher GPA than any other semester before; my life could not be sweeter.
The whole year after that, Yue always shared recipes with me and cooked with me, he also “stole” recipes from a great chef—his mom. He brought me a lot of dinnerware when he went to interview or travel, even though they were so heavy to carry. I said, thank you for your gifts, but I want to thank you more for your support.
In 2013, another spring break, exactly one year after the braised beef and porridge, we were together as boyfriend and girlfriend. We started to use camera to take pictures of our food instead of iPhone and we started to cook all kinds of cuisines instead of just Chinese food. Then we graduated together, moved to San Francisco with a Penske truck and 2500+ miles driving.
In 2014, we decided to create the food blog, Yue’s Food Story.
I thanked him for editing and helping me with our first recipe book, but just as I said in 2013, thank you for making a wish came true, but I want to thank you more for all of your support.
If I have to give one reason for the birth of Yue’s Food Story, I think is probably that when everybody else (especially guys) said that, “whoever can be your boyfriend is lucky, because he can taste your dish every”, while Yue told me that, “whoever can be your boyfriend is lucky, because he can cook for you every day”. That’s it.
Finally, I would like to thank my boyfriend Yue Shi for assisting with all the aspect of this food blog; I could not have done this without his continuous support. I also would like to thank my parents, for their support, their understanding and compliments on my work, and for their lovely attitude towards their lives.
用什么形式总结呢？不如就把写过食谱的图片都整理一下，做成小册子吧。小册子叫什么名字呢？既然我跟史越的名都是Yue, 那就叫Yue's Food Story吧。好像还要有个中文名字？那就直译过来，叫悦食记吧。
接下来的一年，食谱不再是简单的图片与文字描述，而是变成了有过程图、原料和详细Tips的真正教程，悦食记网站的食谱超过了 100个，粉丝数也在不断增长。那时我才发现，美食对于我来说，早已远不止是一个缓解『乡愁』的爱好。在旧金山的两年，我们也受到了加州饮食文化的很多影响。例如烹饪最重要还是优质新鲜的食材，以及烹饪方法应当尽量更健康。在加州也养成健身的习惯， 因此很多菜谱都非常注重营养的搭配。悦食记也从一个纯粹的美食博客，变成一个健康美食与生活博客。