Welcome to my Substack! I want this to be a place where I can speak directly with you, my reader, separate from social media or traditional publishing.
To be honest, I’m not sure what this will look like yet.
It’s going to be a little experiment for both of us: a place for me to throw down what I’ve learned about food and life over my time on this earth, and also to find out what questions or yearnings keep you up at night. I’m going to be as open as I can here- writing when I’m inspired, when I’m feeling raw, or when I simply don’t know what to write. And so, I’m going to rely on you, dear reader, to guide me on what you’d like to read about.
I suppose it’s an answer to those of you who’ve come up to me on the street, or during a book signing, asking me how to roast a turkey, where to get curry leaves in the Tri-state area, or what lipstick I wear (it’s Nars Dolce Vita).
I wanted a place where we could have these conversations, that wasn’t in between signing books or hailing a cab on the street.
This will be a community where we can savor the pleasure of cooking and food, explore the nuances of culture, family, parenthood, and find our way professionally and personally, all while trying to keep our head above water. Here I’ll be featuring stories from and about people that don’t usually get the platform I’m lucky enough to have through all of you.
As a single mom running her own business, I can guarantee at least two posts a week. Some of these will be free, and others like family recipes, voice memos, and some behind-the-scenes gems will be paid. We’ll cover everything from food (as that’s how I interpret the world), to a book I can’t put down, art that makes me feel alive, a meal I can’t forget, or whatever comes to mind that day.
I’m an expert in very little, but I think that my greatest strength is my curiosity and willingness to spark meaningful conversation and attempt a genuine connection.
“I still think that one of the pleasantest of all emotions is to know that I, I with my brain and my hands, have nourished my beloved few, that I have concocted a stew or a story, a rarity or a plain dish, to sustain them truly against the hungers of the world.”- M.F.K. Fisher
Onward in solidarity.
Yes! Where can we get curry leaves (I live in Georgia) and what are those gorgeous, skin tight dresses that you wear, in your cooking IGTV videos? I need them in my life.
Love that you are doing this 🙌
Thank you for being an authentic downtown professional and mother - I am 15 years older than you but you are a role model