The clarity that comes along with my self-care routine allows me to stand in the middle of the kitchen chaos and remain peaceful and calm. I don’t second-guess my cooking anymore or push myself as hard as I used to, just for the sake of torturing myself. Flavors and techniques just sort of fall out of the sky now that I have more courage and confidence. I know that If I do the best that I can and focus on making the next right decision, I’m doing my part, and that’s all I can ask of myself. It’s also become very difficult for me to cook heavy food—unless of course it’s fried chicken or cheeseburgers. I want people to eat my food and gain energy and happiness, not stumble out the door and fall asleep on the way home.

Sean Brock on How Sobriety Changed the Way He Cooks, Bon Appetit