I don’t know what I was thinking.
I was whinging to Darcy that I got zero comments on my first installment of the “Cooking With Capote” feature.
Darcy: “Why the hell did you pick Truman Capote? Is he a famous food writer?”
Me: “No. I just liked his memoir of making fruitcake with his aunt.”
Darcy: “What about Peter Mayle? Frances Mayes? M. F. K. Fisher?”
Darcy: “Don’t you think you’re asking a lot from your readers? They have to write up a long story about what they’re cooking now, too? And you put a bunch of pressure on them to make it ‘well-written.’ Who has time for that?!?”
Darcy: “It’s not like you’re some influential blogger. What do you have, 30 twitter followers?”
Me: “Actually, one of my spambots un-followed me, so, 29.”
Darcy: “Maybe you should take away the community aspect and just do your own cooking posts.”
What do you think, dear readers? Is Darcy right? Should I just do my own cooking posts? Am I asking too much? What if you could post old, already written cooking posts to the feature?
I also spoke to my brother, the MFA, and he directed me to a fellow student’s hugely popular blog, Anecdotes and Apples, which contains some of the most heartbreaking food writing I’ve ever come across. Man. Bring your kleenex.
But reading it conversely convinced me of the value of us all sharing our food lore. Food makes us feel BETTER, cooking provides us with a way to show our love, acceptance of our lot in life for now, and hope for better things in the future. Bodega, while in the middle of having to face the baby party from hell, chose to make a whoopie pie cake for the birthday girls, to show that she was “OK”, and to show her friends how much they meant to her. That story touched me so much.
So what if I call it “Bitter Infertile Foodie Club” or some other such title that we survivors of infertility and life can agree to. Because there’s nothing better than making delicious food for a tough day. And I have a feeling that I would enjoy your recipes A LOT. Or even just your descriptions of how certain foods make you feel. And how family lore and traditions are passed along.
Can we brainstorm this out? Would love to get your feedback for how this might work (or, not).
Thanks in advance. Love you all!!