Boston chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch is known for her toughness in the kitchen. She grew up in a housing project on the south side of the city, and cut her professional teeth under Todd English. In this video from the New York Times, Lynch shows her softer side in her beautiful home kitchen.
The chef is a mother to an 11-year-old daughter, and she treats home cooking as a form of therapy, as opposed to the intensity of the restaurant kitchen. Lynch loves cookbooks — "It's the food porn, it's the beautiful photos," and after all these years, she's still self-conscious — "Can I really cook good? Am I really doing this?" Why is cooking the right profession? For Lynch, it allows her to block out the rest of the world.
"Cooking to me is like — I don't know, if you're a runner you get into a zone," the chef says. "Your breathing is right, you feel good. There could be chaos all around me, and if I'm working on a particular dish I don't even look up. When I'm home I'm cooking, and it's therapeutic."