The power of food: how cooking is cathartic

In stressful situations, people tend to fall into one of two categories: those who run away from their feelings, or those who eat them. When the pandemic struck, a third category emerged: those who cooked their worries away

4th April, 2021
The power of food: how cooking is cathartic
Una Leonard, baker and entrepreneur

But just what is it about the preparation of food that is so cathartic? Emma Blanchfield talks to four people — from restaurant owners to Instagram chefs — to find out how food became their lockdown saviour

It may have taken a pandemic for the majority of the population to realise the therapeutic effects of baking, but Una Leonard, owner of 2210 Patisserie in Athlone, Co Westmeath, discovered that some time ago.

“In 2013 I took...

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