Thursday, January 12, 2012

To Cook

"eating is something we have to do, so why give it short shrift? if you have to do it, make it beautiful and spread the beauty." LSquinn

I'm thinking about cooking my way through Lucinda Scala Quinn's book Mad Hungry. How many people have done this sort of thing since Julie & Julia came out a few years ago? I like the idea. This cookbook is for hungry homebodies, not for fancy French palates. Have you ever done this, completed a cook book? The first recipe is for bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, new york deli style. I think I can handle that. I'll let you know how it goes. Here's why I cook and why it's so important to my satisfaction, joy in life: (quote from Mad Hungry cookbook) You too?

"It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it...and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied...and it is all one."
M.F.K. Fisher from The Gastronomical Me

*disclaimer: don't get me wrong. There's plenty of mac and cheese in our house and frozen pizza nights but I long to be creative and this is just one more way to bless and love one another. I grew up eating cake for breakfast and cheerios for lunch. My mother really disliked cooking and we were still really happy kids - she's an angel. I hope my kids grow up really happy too but with the memory of great smells of cinnamon, rosemary and garlic baked chicken, fall roasting vegetables, onions frying in a pan. That's all. Pretty simple stuff.


  1. I too want my kids to grow up with the experience of "real" cooking. Unfortunately that takes some work on my (and your) part!

  2. didn't you just love julie and julia ???