A while back, Laura Avery of the Santa Monica Farmers Market asked if I'd like to moderate the last panel discussion of 2013 at the Santa Monica Public Library. I jumped at the chance, and we put our heads together to think of a timely subject.
Our starting point, holiday cooking, led us to think about family recipes, and that led us pretty quickly into a whole bunch of questions that first appear almost childishly simple but become more complex as you consider them. For instance:
What is a recipe?
Where do recipes come from?
How do you come up with a recipe?
What makes a recipe yours?
Can someone own a recipe?
So that's where the conversation will begin at the SMPL on November 21, as a FREE panel discussion titled Where Do Recipes Come from?: Culinary tradition, creativity, family recipes, and holiday cooking.
My co-panelists are an amazing line-up of culinary and literary talent:
Lauryn Chun, founder of Mother In Law Kimchi and author of The Kimchi Cookbook
Valerie Gordon, founder of Valerie Confections and author of Sweet
Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times food editor and author of How to Pick a Peach
Anne Willan, founder of La Varenne cooking school and most recently author of One Souffle at a Time
and I'll be there of course with Saving the Season
I'm currently reading Anne's captivating memoir and Russ's indispensible guide to selecting and preparing fresh produce. Valerie and Lauryn are both friends and I admire their cookbooks enormously.
The panel discussion begins at 7 pm, but plan to come early for a book signing (everyone's books will be on sale) and also plan to stay late for a tasting of Valerie's snacks and my preserves.
This is going to be a top-flight event, and I hope you all can make it.
Thursday, November 21
7 to 8:30 pm
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Boulevard