The year I learned how to cook / Anul în care am învățat să gătesc


In 2020 a health crisis pushed me towards a restrictive diet. This experience challenged me to analyze my relationship with food and how it transformed across the years. “The year I learned how to cook” is a visual essay about the key events which took me from the conviction that I will never cook to the conviction that I will be well only if I take control of the food I eat. More than being a story about food, this is a story about personal discovery and change. Furthermore, I feel that this essay illustrates my political statement.


În 2020 o criză de sănătate m-a împins spre o dietă restrictivă. Această experiență m-a provocat să analizez relația mea cu mâncarea și modul în care s-a transformat de-a lungul anilor. Anul în care am învățat să gătesc” este un eseu vizual despre evenimentele cheie care m-au dus de la convingerea că nu voi găti niciodată la convingerea că voi fi bine doar dacă voi prelua controlul asupra alimentelor pe care le mănânc. Mai mult decât a fi o poveste despre mâncare, aceasta este o poveste despre descoperire și schimbare personală. În plus, consider că acest eseu ilustrează poziția mea politică.

About the storyteller, Carmen Miron

As a child I was fascinated by the “stories of real people” which I discovered in newspapers and magazines. But I didn’t know that what I liked had a name: narrative journalism.

I graduated from university in 2013 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and then I decided that I want to know more about the world. In 2014 I joined a program in a folk traveling high-school from Norway, One World Institute. The program focused on poverty and global inequality, and it promoted alternative ways of learning, such as learning by traveling. I ended up traveling to 15 countries, mainly focusing on their education systems, because education was my study topic of choice.

In 2015 I started a six month posting at DAPP Mkushi College of Education in Zambia where I worked as a Science teacher. This experience convinced me that I don’t want to have anything to do with traditional schooling systems. 

In 2017 I returned to Romania and I joined the Alternative University in Bucharest where I deepened my interest in self-directed education. At the same time, I managed to define my professional goal: to tell meaningful stories.

Now I live in a village with my partner. I’m studying permaculture and I’m looking for ways to become financially sustainable as a content creator.

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