I’m rarely personal on the podcast, in part because the one-way format doesn’t encourage it unless in some kind of undignified tell-all.
But there are perhaps reasons to do things just a little differently here: the two-way and multi-voiced dialogue a blog allows with a comments space and the many emails I’ve received over the past few months wondering what’s up behind the scenes with a delayed schedule.
Then there’s the kind of intimacy of inviting someone to a virtual dinner. Even the most polite people like to look inside your medicine chest just out of curiosity or the hope of finding something interesting about the folks around the table. So here’s that peak by way of both welcoming you back and filling you in.
Behind the scenes at Eat Feed you’ll find the birth of our first child, Oona. A few subsequent health scares for Oona. Then the rescue and recovery of a dog whose leg had been shattered by a bullet. The unexpected death of my mother at the very young age of 55 and just two weeks before a big move from North Carolina to Cambridge, Mass.
And a little thing like the responsibilities and the joys that come with having one’s first book released into the world.
As I say in the Acknowledgements, “Though she never really cooked much, my mother’s endless hours at difficult jobs meant I learned to cook at a very early age.”
As my mother was passing away from me, I promised her that I would tell her amazing story and acknowledge the hard life she had in so many ways and the many things she for me to make sure I could get up and out and away and do such radically different things like writing and teaching. So, occasionally here, you’ll find me telling those stories as they involve my food memories. And of course, more good things to come as we all look ahead to better 2009 while relaunching with a look back at the Word of the Year for 2008: locavore.
(Apologies for rough spots around the new website as our designer still has some things to work out.)