'Tis the season to eat a lot so this year I frequented many holiday gatherings. At one party, my roommate and I were admiring the different dishes on the table and one plate in particular that was empty. I was telling Kelly how good the empty dish had been, when its creator happened to come by. To make conversation by being hilariously self deprecating, Kelly jokingly asked her what it is like to be able to cook food that others actually want to eat. We were told not to worry; once we had husbands and countless wedding showers, we would have the tools AND the reason to cook well! Now, I'm sure this was well intentioned advice, however, are you serious? Firstly, we cook well. Secondly, we already have a very good reason to cook well, OURSELVES!
|Cooking for friends is a great reason to make food as well.|
|Millions of Cookbooks|
|Judith and Julia|
Working as an editor for most of her life, Judith is responsible for rescuing The Diary of Anne Frank from the reject pile and turning Julia Child into a household name. Her new cookbook was inspired by life since her husband, Evan, passed away in 1996.
|Evan and Judith|
This is what makes her new book so amazing. It's basically a manifesto for the single cook. She proves that you should live out what you love regardless of who you have (or don't have) to share it with. This is not only a book for women or those who have found themselves single after years of having a partner. She is simply writing about the joy of cooking for yourself. She describes the tools you need, how to make the most of the food you buy, and how to prepare new meals from leftovers. Most importantly, Judith takes the memories she has from life with her husband as inspiration for life with herself.
I'm sure there are many other cookbooks for the single chef, but this is more than that. It's a reminder that no matter your age, gender, or relationship status, you are entitled to live life to the fullest extent. Judith is 85 and after having an immensely successful career she is still reinventing her work. Those who are unafraid of evolving and moving forward end up with the most beautiful lives.
|Jones with the cows she raises at Bryn Teg Farms|