I’m The Aspie Chef, but you can call me Chef Aspie. …And this is my blog. At age 29, I was diagnosed as Asperger’s. This was not a surprise. Among my many quirks is a severe texture sensitivity, which has made me a picky eater since birth. There are even videos of me as a toddler inspecting my silverware and food for perfection before eating.
…So what does being an aspie have to do with cooking?
Eating food for many aspies is harder than it should be thanks to texture sensitivities like mine (among other things). In fact, I love food and all things related, and cooking is my main hobby (/special interest). But eating is still scary when any unknown or unexpected ingredient can cause deep physical and mental distress.
Over the last couple years, I’ve channeled most of my spare energy into getting over these eating issues. See my post on Why I Cook for the full story. The short version is that I cook for a bunch of reasons, but really the catalyst was learning I’m allergic to gluten, dairy, and eggs. It’s hard to live on pizza and mozzarella sticks when they make you break out in full-body hives.
So I started to cook. With those allergies, eating other people’s food is hazardous at best. Through cooking, I’ve learned a lot about how to manage my inner picky eater. I’m proud to say that I now enjoy more than one vegetable 🙂 (…No really. There used to be one. It was celery.)
Anyway – this blog is my attempt to help others that struggle with the same challenges. While I’ll also write about random stuff (recipes, rants, whatever), many of my posts will specifically focus on how I’m getting past my picky eating. If you’re interested, take a look at my Picky Eater Series. I’ll make sure that any posts on the subject show up there.
Remember that what works for me may not work for you, but I hope my blog is helpful either way – whether you’re an aspie or not. Thanks for reading!