Thank you again to all the Martha Stewart Living readers! I've been so moved by the memories you've shared. Reading your emails made me think about something that I wrote in the Introduction to my book.
The way I see it, recipes can tell you how to make something, but they don't tell you much about it. Recipes need stories. Anyone who has learned to cook by spending hours in the kitchen with an older relative or a close friend knows what I mean. You learn by watching but also listening, and the instruction imparted is not merely technical. In the kitchen and at the table, food and narrative go together. In Saving the Season, recipes are vehicles for the stories.
I think you know what I mean. Thank you for sharing your stories.