Good day all,
My name is Rachel Anne Manning, and I am the creator and author of Connect a Bite.
Connect a Bite has been a part of my life since 2012 and it has been splendid to have an outlet to construct a creative conversation around food and the vital role it plays in our daily lives. Topics vary from a podcast series I began called Cinema Cuisine to auteur inspired cooking videos, political criticisms, simplistic posts about tea obsessions and even clean refrigerators! Connect a Bite has been a tool for me to express my irrepressible joy of connecting food to the many facets of life be it plant-based diet, local/whole foods and farmers’ markets, alternative remedies, mindful behavior or holistic approaches to how we view food.
Why do I care so much about food?
Plainly, food omnipresence charms me in a way I can only explain over time in each post. What we eat connects us all on so many varying levels; I cannot help but be fascinated. The historical aspect of each comestible’s journey to my plate inspires me. Diet can change the way we feel, it can heal and it starts a conversation. Why wouldn’t you care about food?
What’s my story?
I like being alive because I have the gift and ability to share with others what it means to live a connected and aware life with food and the environment through my writing. I feel that constantly reaching for an idealistic view of perfection is exhausting and futile. Instead, I try to lead a life of education, observance, implementation and openness. It is important for me to lead my life with little harm done to other beings, but I’ve come to understand that a cruelty-free life is next to impossible, so I reach for the next best thing. I have also realized that cruelty-free may seem romantic but it is also not always the healthiest choice for your body or the least impact filled environmental decision. I have decided to no longer go by stringent labels about who I am, I’d like to think I’m just aware. You may see me use the term ‘vegan’ from time-to-time in my posts. The usage of this term has a blanket meaning in my writing for animal-product free food, which is important to many. If the word vegan makes you feel uncomfortable or stuffy, I completely understand. All I ask is that you try to accept the way you feel and move forward. I am of the opinion that what we all need a little more of today is forward, critical thinking and honest behavior.
I am regularly cultivating the passion I have in regards to gardening and nature. I adore asking questions, making lists, cataloging, and I thrive off of other people’s positive energy. I’m a writer, ciniphile and generally an enigma. I can’t even keep up with me! I could never go a day without preparing some type of meal, drinking a cup of tea, warm lemon water or a kombucha. I actually enjoy shopping for food and home toiletries. I buy 80+ percent of my produce locally. I feel as though supporting your local vendors and businesses is crucial for a well-functioning future. I would list my favorite anything, but I’m terrible at picking favorites because there is so much life has to offer! I am an inspired, amateur chef who learns something new every time I prepare a meal. I am co-gaurdian to the most eccentric cat, named Waits Spock Runner, and newest addition, sweet sprinkle, Petula Audrey Runer, and I find most animals presence calming and relaxing.
I plan to convey knowledge, inflection, and thoughtful insights into every post I write. I welcome all readers’ feedback.
Feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
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Excited to hear from you all!