Warning: Not for the faint of heart.
Welcome to a food blog that is born out of loss. In it, I will cook my way through grief. My name is Becca. On May 19th, 2018 my best friend Abby died unexpectedly leaving me forever changed. This blog is a creative solo exercise in honoring her memory and healing my way forward through the comfort of a kitchen, a physical space where I feel comfortable and happy. I am a home cook with a knack for finding exceptional recipes. The kitchen I will post from is in a studio apartment I leased for one year starting in June 2019 until May 2020. I do not live there. I cook and contemplate there.
I have chosen 12 cookbooks from my library. I will cook and bake my way through as many recipes as possible each month. The catch: each post will be a first trial recipe. Like life…no practice run. The idea is to begin with the books I have collected over the years but never had the time to seriously explore and learn. And what also occurred to me in this grief process is the importance of practicing presence. I don’t need anything more than a beginner’s mind and an open heart. That feels like an authentic launching point. Abby would be pleased. Here I go. Let’s get cooking!
- June: My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss
- July: Purple Citrus Sweet Perfume by Silvena Rowe
- August: Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown
- September: 660 Curries by Raghaven Iyer
- October: Market Cooking David Tanis
- November: Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
- December: Eat by Nigel Slater
- January: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
- February: Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibanez
- March: Ottolenghi
- April: Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
- May: Community Together