MY EARLY FOODADVENTURES

i WAS BORN INTO TWO FAMILIES THAT LOVED GOOD FOOD AND LOVED TO EAT!

MY FATHER CAME FROM A LARGE FAMILY AND FROM MY EARLIEST MEMORIES THERE WERE FAMILY GATHERINGS WITH LOTS OF GREAT FOOD, INCLUDING FOOD THAT THEY HAD GROWN, HUNTED FOR, COOKED AND BROUGHT TO ENJOY.

ON MY MOTHER’S SIDE THERE ONLY MY GRANDPARENTS, BUT THEY, TOO, LOVED GOOD FOOD AND PROVIDED IT IN ABUNDANCE. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A GREAT COOK WHO HAD LIVED AND COOKED THROUGH THE DEPRESSION SO SHE WAS VERY FRUGAL WHILE STILL SETTING A SUMPTIOUS TABLE.

LET ME SAY THAT IN MY EARLY YEARS I WAS A VERY PICKY EATER; I CAUSED MY MOTHER TO DESPAIR OVER EVER GETTING ME TO EAT. I RECALL THAT SHE WOULD REMINISC ABOUT THAT PERIOD OF MY LIFE AND WOULD REMIND ME THAT IN DESPERATION SHE WOULD USE PLATES THAT HAD FLOWERS ON THEM AND THAT I WOULD TELL HER THAT I WOULD EAT THE FOOD IF SHE PUT IT RIGHT ON THE ROSES!

I DID NOT DISCOVER THE JOYS OF EATING UNTIL A FAMILY FRIEND MADE ME A LETTUCE SANDWICH WHEN I WAS VISITING IN HER HOME. YES, IT WAS ACTUALLY TWO SLICES OF BREAD WITH MAYONNAISE AND SOME LETTUCE IN THE MIDDLE! I FOUND THAT TO BE THE MOST DELICIOUS THING I HAD EVER PUTIN MY MOUTH AND BEGGED HER TO MAKE ME ANOTHER ONE! THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF MY ADVENTURES WITH FOOD; THERE WAS MUCH MORE YET TO COME!