Jasmine Tran

I came from a country where fresh organic herbs--basil, coriander, shiso, chive, cilantro--were included in our daily meals. Our diet and medicine cabinet were rich with herbs, spices, tinctures, medicinal plants, extracts, natural remedies, and wholesome foods. Each household had at least an elder family member who often wore the doctor’s robe. From my childhood, I remember coming home one day with a deep cut on my foot. My mother immediately bandaged the cut with a fresh slice of chive bulb. Within a few days the cut began to heal. After a few weeks, there was no sign of scarring.  My mother introduced me to the concept of “balance”. This concept was delivered through her love for cooking. Every meal was prepared with fresh wholesome foods that included meat or fish for protein, a vegetable dish, and hot soup.