In her two collections of essays on cooking and eating, Laurie Colwin shares not only her skills and knowledge in the kitchen, but her wisdom about how food is a reflection of our lives.
With humility and humor, she confides that she was never much for traveling: “My idea of a good time abroad is to visit someone’s house and hang out, poking into their cupboards if they will let me.”
In this age of extreme sports and adventure travel, her honesty is both refreshing and reassuring. Likewise, she assures us that fancy ingredients and equipment are not required to make a splendid meal. Her encouragement and certainty that a good cook dwells inside each of us is liberating.
It is easy to imagine what Colwin’s home must have been like — filled with food, books, and people talking about food and books. She knew that reading and eating go together. Whether we are consuming brilliant, original ideas or a pan of gingerbread that brings back childhood memories, books and food evoke our most basic, and best, instincts. They are both meant to be shared.
Flatbreads from around the continent
Beyond a supporting role
The great Sicilian-Neapolitan kitchen rivalry
Five ideas each month for eating better