With our vision firmly planted on what's next, are we losing sight of what's right around us? Will our memories be weaker, less pronounced and less invigorating if our connection with our present experience is distracted and detached?
My first real foray into my summer reading binge was with Gabrielle Hamilton's memoir Blood, Bones and Butter. Hamilton's writing is so damned good I've found myself turning sentences over and over again, and again, and yet again.
Gabrielle Hamilton's simple descriptions of enjoying salty cheese and a warm salted potato in Amsterdam have the same effect as Hemingway's descriptions of Parisian beer and potato salad: They make you hungry.
Gabrielle Hamilton was asked to be on a panel at the Culinary Institute of America, titled "Where Are the Women?" It's the same panel hosted in virtually every industry where more than half of the top jobs are held by men.
It is with not only comfort, but the careful layering of Hamilton's identity, in mind that I chose this recipe for an egg and cheese sandwich. In it, you'll find many flavors I think(and hope) would resonate with Hamilton:
There's a great quote I read recently: 'The days are long, but the years are short.' To me, Gabrielle's Blood, Bones & Butter is the recollection of a woman who, in her youth, had to rush through both.
It's hard not to be inspired to cook when reading Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones and Butter. The first 5 chapters of the book, conveniently and tidily wrapped up in the "Blood" section, establish Hamilton's most intimate roots.
It was a good night for New York and a good night for women in food. A New York girl attending my first James Beard Awards, I couldn't have been happier about the winners. Here, a quick recap of the night's events.