Sunday, September 12, 2010
I am back from my moving hiatus and back in the kitchen, and a new one at that! Sorry to be MIA for so long, but moving has a way of throwing everything off kilter, especially your kitchen. Well my kitchen was the first room I unpacked in my new place so now I am ready to blog, even if I can't find my fall clothes! I am thrilled to be starting back with Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna. She is one of my favorite authors and her books don't come out that often, so I have been anxiously awaiting The Lacuna to come out in paperback. The book did not disappoint, both from the perspective of a reader and a cook! Food is an integral part of the book, as the lead character, Harrison Shepard, serves for many years as the cook to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. And the famous cameos don't end there, Trotsky also features in the book, which spans from the twenties to the McCarthy era 50's, from Mexico to Washington D.C. to Asheville North Carolina. For me it seemed quite different than other Kingsolver books, but I loved them and I love these books two. Since there is so much food here, I will cook for two weeks from this book. First sweet, then savory. I start with Pan Dulce, which Harrison was especially skilled at making and which was Diego Rivera's favorite. These are Mexican sweet morning buns - basically a challah bun covered in a thick layer of frosting. Yum. After I sampled my handy work I immediately scared down a second one. I felt ill afterward for sure, but who cares, these are irresistible!