In addition to the classroom and exam room, the other room Joseph Flood, MD, enjoys spending time in is the kitchen. With a mother who worked as a local tavern cook and a policeman father who enjoyed preparing tasty meals as much as arresting bad guys, Dr. Flood, a rheumatologist at the Columbus Arthritis Center and professor of internal medicine at The Ohio State University (OSU), was genetically bound to be a food connoisseur.
“When I was a kid, food was always the way that our family expressed love,” he says, crediting his multi-ethnic relatives for not only his culinary skills but also teaching him that cooking was not woman’s work. “If it was okay for my dad to be in the kitchen, it was okay for me.”
More than 50 years later, Dr. Flood still enjoys preparing his father’s famous puffed shrimp and his aunt’s delicious Slovenian pastry, potica. As a self-proclaimed aficionado of food, he says food must not only taste good, but also be safe, locally sourced and cherished.