An Inspiring Memoir and Cookbook Rolled into One Book!
In her personal memoir, up-and-coming author Peggy H. Landis harvests stories and lessons from her seventy-year journey through life. Kitchenary: Birth to Zucchini is part recipe book and part collection of stories of friendship and forgiveness, heritage and hospitality, generosity and gratitude, loss and love, and the people of a lifetime with whom she has broken bread.
Landis coins the word “Kitchenary” to link the significance of food, its flavors and aromas, to memory. Food is the theme that binds all the essays in this anthology together. Food, for the author, is not just a piece of nourishment; its scent, texture or taste can evoke something from the past.
For instance, the author shares the smoky tartness of hot bacon dressing conjures a picture of her mother gathering the early spring shoots of dandelion along the farm fencerows to make green salad. Every recollection that Landis shares is ripe with insights and lessons on life and living. Aside from personal stories, the book also includes fifty-seven recipes gathered from the author’s kitchen and from that of family and friends.