Laurie Colwin is the writer I want to be when I grow up. She was a novelist who passed away in 1992 at the age of 48 – much too young. (Especially since I passed that age last year…yikes.) I’ve never read her actual novels, though – I stumbled across her books a few years back, when she was profiled in the New York Times. I picked up her memoir/cookbook, Home Cooking, and immediately fell in love. She is a writer who also happens to love food, my favorite style of writing.
I blew through Home Cooking, then bought More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen, her second – and last – book of food writing. I savored it, reading slowly, one chapter at a time. Oh, and so I could take notes – most of which which went like this:
“Lentil soup! Yes!”
…OK, so my notes were not deep. It’s not that kind of cookbook. If you want precise measurements and exact instructions, look elsewhere. If you want a hymn to Lentil soup on a snowy winter day, check out Laurie Colwin.
Here’s my video for the recipe Laurie inspired, Pressure Cooker Lentil and Bacon Soup:
Pressure Cooker Lentil and Bacon Soup – Time Lapse [YouTube.com]
And, here is the original recipe: Pressure Cooker Lentil and Bacon Soup
What do you think?
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