Cooking is not just about making something to eat. I recently discovered that cooking connects people when it is done as a group activity or when one person cooks with awareness for another. There is something magical about sharing a meal and even more so when the work involved in cooking/clearing up is also shared. This feeling prompted me to set up my own simple kitchen on my balcony in Chiangmai, Thailand. It is traditional in Thailand to cook outdoors to prevent smells lingering in living rooms.