Oh hi, I’m Carolyn Cope. You may remember me from such feature presentations as “Practicing Corporate Law: WTF?,” “Dot-Com Days: There’s No ‘Experience’ in ‘Expert,'” and “The Stay-at-Home Witch Project.” In 2006, I trained in classical culinary technique at the French Culinary Institute in New York, after having graduated from Princeton University and Columbia Law School. Having lived in the greater New York area for many years, I’ve recently up and moved to London.
About this Site: Welcome to Umami Girl, where I write a short piece every week about my adventures in food. Most weeks I share recipes, many of them original, and all of them tested and approved by my family and me. Usually you’ll also find a story of one sort or another in the mix.
My Food Philosophy: Thanks to a Mom ahead of her time, I’ve always focused on making fresh, whole foods delicious through thoughtful home cooking. I learned a lot about crazy-ass vegetables (including how much I adore them) while hosting a weekly Community Supported Farm drop-off in my garage in Hoboken, NJ for several seasons. I’ve felt great joy and relief watching Americans begin to embrace Michael Pollan’s “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants” mentality. However, I cringe a little when the sustainable foods movement starts to feel like a Most Virtuous Competition; and I have a long, proud history of getting my greedy little hand stuck in Pringles cans and dreaming of what it might be like to chug soft ice cream directly from the pump.
Contact Me: Feel free to leave a comment here if you’ve got something to share with the class – I love reading comments and try to respond to them all. Or, if you’d rather, you can email me at umamigirl [at] gmail [dot] com.
Welcome. Thank you for joining us. Everyone calls me Cope. Please do.
Being a husband and father is the best. Our family, friends and community make every day hilarious.
I am the only son of two talented people. Both are educators. One a rebel. One a story-teller. I am both.
The home I grew up in was strong in ideals and emotion. Some of each were constructive. Some not so much. Carolyn and I work every day to craft a worldly life and a home that is open to learning.
Day to day I work in construction and urban planning. I enjoy my work and how it benefits people, the way they work and their environment.
When I am not working I am learning, traveling or planning—for our future, for the fun of it and for our financial independence. I crave independence and love to learn so as to have more of it.
Soon we will start a family of Cope companies. Most will challenge the ways things are done. All will offer the best of life that we can offer, drawing from what we have learned so far and what we will.
Thank you for joining us as we enjoy our adventure. We’ll share more as there is more to share.
Speak to you soon,
Umami means “yummy” or “delicious” in Japanese. Long recognized by observant eaters of both Eastern and Western cuisines, it was officially acknowledged by scientists as the fifth taste (along with sour, sweet, salty and bitter) only in 2002. Much more than just another taste, umami is the reason for culinary gestalt – that little extra something that catapults a food to a deliciousness far greater than the sum of its parts.
Thanks for reading Umami Girl. We strive to keep it real around here. Since a big part of our M.O. is the whole off-the-grid, unique voice, think-for-yourself vibe, we hope it’s obvious that we value our independent spirit more than almost anything else. We hope you find our considered opinions to be of some value, too.
That said, we’ve been lucky to have gotten a little more internet-famous as the years (years!) of blogging have ticked by. When you’re internet-famous—even just a little—people like to give you free stuff. Also, you tend to meet other people who are internet-famous in their own right—authors, peddlers, visionaries, evangelists. You know the types.
Sometimes we meet people. Sometimes they give us stuff. Sometimes we write about it. We don’t pretend to like stuff that we don’t like. How lame would that be? But we don’t want to always have to salt and pepper our individual posts with disclaimers and gut-wrenching confessions. That’s what reality TV is for. So please consider this your official FTC disclosure that we may have received free goods, free meals, payment, link love, love love, or even a little bitta umami in exchange for what we write on these pages. That’s life, friends. We do our best to live it with integrity.
Oh! And just in case you were inclined to take our advice as a substitute for the advice of your doctor or medical professional, let me stop you right there. Don’t do it, k? Go have a chat with your doctor. We’ll still be here when you get back.