Thank a Teacher: Redux

18 Mar 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in news & buzz

I’ve recently connected with a lot of high school alumni on Facebook, and decided to post a link to an article I wrote back in 2004 entitled An Ode to William Yachymiak. He is an English teacher many of us have come to revere for his wisdom and talent in bringing out the best in us — a sometimes arduous process on all sides — so I was interested to get feedback from other alumni. It turns out that not only do many others share my opinion, but some have also been inspired, thanks to “Yak,” to pursue writing careers of their own. One such alum, Matt Young, is a writer for the Philadelphia Examiner, and he published a piece today about my article. Best of all, he’s discovered the fun we’re having with food over at the Culinary Media Network!

As a fine arts writer, Matt’s subject matter is more often geared toward oils that cover canvasses; but after reflecting upon the connection between food and art, he made a little discovery that brings them both together:

A well-crafted piece of art should open doors in your mind, and tap into parts of your soul that you have either forgotten about, or never knew of to begin with. And I’m here to tell you; this stuff is certainly food for thought.

Many might argue that food is not art, but if art is something that moves us, inspires us, and invites us to explore the depths of our senses and imagination (in my case, the Mental Mouth), then indeed it is. Thanks Matt!