YAside as a form of art, I also use cooking as a tool for recovery, believe it or not. It is a rare moment where I can firmly plant one foot in reality and the other in fevered imagination. It is a bit like meditation for me, where my thoughts become still, yet wild and I can forget everything for some time as I create this edible art. It usually takes some time before I’m ready to dig in because, for me, it’s more about capturing the beauty than the meal itself.