I love learning. I could be the eternal student if I had the lifestyle, time and money for it. And I am moved by stories – why do people do what they do and how are all these stories a landscape of a bigger cultural movement?
Spring has finally arrived although it sure doesn’t look like it in Seattle where the grey skies and rain seem to not want to leave us. But I am excited to announce the release of Beyond The Plate – a cookbook compiling recipes from bloggers all around the world. My recipes, gluten-free ricotta gnudi with peas, favas and spring garlic, as well as my classic, pear and hazelnut frangipane tart.
Last week, I spent the day with my friend Tara Sgroi. We started talking about how powerful the sense of smell is in the memory side of the brain. How it can instantly bring us back to a moment in time. She asked me what my strongest memory of smell is and immediately I said “burnt milk!”. So many hours spent next to the stove in a pastry shop where spilled and burnt milk are inevitable.
This summer, I will be returning to my homeland and teaching a food styling and photography workshop in the French Basque Country, only a short drive away from where I grew up. I taught here last year and it was a really incredible experience to be in my surroundings with people from all over the world.
I have received so many kind emails about “A Cook’s Remedy”. Thank you all for taking the time to write. As I said earlier, this is a passion story project and one that time-permitting, I want to keep telling. We are already working on episode 3, which will be based around the theme of roots, melancholy and the future.