Food is one of the great pleasures of life.
The process and act of sharing, eating, remembering and creating are some of the carnal, primal pleasures that make food a science, an art and a life giving act of sustenance.
It is an element that adds to life to events, breaks up the day, heals the body and creates opportunities to share, bond and remember life and create memories that linger long after the wine is gone and the last slice of cake is wrapped in cling film.
Some of my best memories are wrapped up in food, either the making or the partaking. As the eldest of five with excellent food mentors that didn’t mind if I “experimented on the family”, I had plenty of opportunity to learn. I cut my eye teeth on my mom’s hot banana cake rubbed in fresh butter and homemade bread smeared in butter and drizzled with honey or syrup. The starchy scent of rice steaming on the stove and the gentle bubble of coffee brewing were constants at my Granny’s house. When the grey plumes of Mesquite smoke danced in the backyard, we always knew that barbecue was on the menu. Learning to chop veggies, season meat and add flavor upon flavor felt like magic while the scents of the trinity (garlic, onions, bell peppers or celery) browning on the stove meant dinner was coming soon. And my Grandma’s cookie tin, almost always magically contained freshly made Snicker-doodles or Pecan Thumbnails — two of my favorite cookies on the planet. My kids recognize the same scents though they would add that a hot bubbly soup, next to a basket of buttery, garlic toast, blissfully ready in the crock pot is one of the best after school snacks ever.
So when the opportunity to partner with Abrams Books Dinner Party rolled around, I couldn’t wait to share the journey with you. We will tour some of the latest voices in food and flavor and share in the journey of eating, partaking and home cooking. It’s going to be a blast.
We are going to share in the learning, exploring and cooking process with others across the country. I encourage you to make it fun and gather your girls, your kids, anyone who makes your heart smile or needs a little love and partake in the experience and revive the art of the dinner party. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but there does need to be a little love and attention to detail.
So this serves as your invitation, welcome to the party. Our first story will be up soon, it’s the fabulous Acid Trip.