"...Maybe memories are like this dessert. I eat it, and it becomes a part of me, whether I remember it later or not."
-- from The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister
Welcome to another Word for Word Wednesday, and to our first ever monthly book inspiration post, in which we demonstrate how some of our favorite literary works can be catalysts for our creativity.
One of the most evocative and deliciously captivating books that I have ever had the pleasure to read is Erica Bauermeister's The School of Essential Ingredients.
This book serves up not only an amazing reading experience, but also an incredible culinary experience. An intuitive chef, Lillian, runs a cooking school, and each of her classes engages each student in some personal and meaningful way. The writing is beautiful -- delicious, lyrical, spellbinding -- and full of sentences ripe for reading. This is definitely a book you will want to savor. Every word is delectable.
"She shook the last of the water from the potatoes. The skins came off easily, like a shawl sliding off a woman's shoulders. Lillian dropped one hunk after another into a big metal bowl, then turned on the mixer and watched the chunks change from shapes to texture, mounds to lumpy clouds to cotton. Slices of butter melted in long, shining trails of yellow through the moving swirl of white. She picked up the smaller pan and slowly poured the milk into the potatoes. Then salt. Just enough."
The process of creating a meal is not so different from the process of creating a layout. The basic ingredients come together like so many tasty dishes to create quite a spread, and hopefully, a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul. As with cooking, "you learn with your hands." Inspired by Bauermeister's book, I reflected upon my own understanding of the "essential ingredients":