Isn’t Splendid Table a Cooking Show?

Different Dream Single-Handed Cook

The other day I was exercising, trying to distract myself by listening to one of my favorite radio shows, Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper. It wasn’t working.

Enter J. J. Goode

But when her guest, food writer J.J. Goode, read his essay about single-handed cooking, I stopped exercising, captivated by his story. He spoke with eloquence and honesty about life with a disability, addressing issues and attitudes often glossed over and ignored. Goode is a survivor, but he neither sugar-coated his life nor descended into self-pity. Instead, he provided a realistic picture which will help me understand and respond realistically to people with disabilities. If you want to listen to his essay, click on this link.

What’s a One-Armed Mirepoix?

If you wanted to know more about J.J. Goode, go to and read more of his essays. Here’s the link to One-Armed Mirepoix, where he gives a glimpse of his childhood. And if you’d like to know what a Mirepoix is before you click the link, Wikipedia says this about the French term. “Mirepoix is the French name for a combination of onions, carrots, and celery. Mirepoix, either raw, roasted, or sauteed with butter, is the flavor base for a wide number of dishes, such as stocks, soups, stews and sauces.”

J. J. Goode certainly chose an apt title. My short encounter with him flavored the rest of my day, and I returned to my exercises with renewed vigor. I hope he touches you, too.

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Meet Jolene

Jolene Philo is a published author, speaker, wife, and mother of a son with special needs.



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