Food and Memories —MOMENT OF CLARITY release day (post 2)

May 6, 2015

 

Food has always been a big part of my life. Not only do I love to eat, I also love to cook. I come from a half Italian, half Jewish family and the main thing the two sides of the family had in common was a compulsive need to feed people! Many of my favorite memories from childhood involve food—special occasion meals, holiday treats, or just lazy days at my grandmother’s houses anxiously awaiting the next special meal or snack.

 

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My grandmother’s butter cookies. I make them every Christmas.

I’ve carried that tradition on to my adult life. I love cooking for friends and families, making traditional foods and trying new recipes. I’m pretty sure that whole need-to-feed thing is genetic, because if you’re at my house, odds are I’ll make you eat something!

I’ve also carried on my love of food to my fiction writing. The characters in my books will always be seen enjoying meals together. Whether they’re dining out or preparing meals together or for one another, there’s always food involved. I think sharing food with people promotes bonding. It’s also a great way to create memories. There are still scents—a certain roast of coffee, a pot of tomato sauce simmering on the stove—that will transport me back to my grandmother’s kitchen when I was a kid. There are also foods I’ll associate with a particular trip—gelato in an outdoor cafe in Florence or fudge on the boardwalk at the Jersey shore—and if I smell or taste those things it’ll bring back memories of being in that place.

Food can also become a ritual. Pizza at the same late night spot after seeing your favorite band play. A certain diner for weekend breakfasts. A favorite restaurant for birthday celebrations. You come to associate those places and foods with the people you’ve had the experience with.

In MOMENT OF CLARITY, the third book in my Moments In Time series, Collin and Tanner wind up spending some time apart. During that time, while Collin is missing Tanner, he comforts himself with Chinese takeout from the place they used to go to together. It’s sad and sweet and comforting all at once.

 

Take Away BBQ Noodles

Mmmm….noodles. Why does Chinese food taste better eaten right out of the carton?

What’s your favorite (or strongest) food memory? A holiday item you only eat once a year? A meal you grab with a favorite person? Something you haven’t had in a long time? Share your food associations and I’ll choose a random winner (later tonight) to win a copy of an ebook!.

 

9 Responses to “Food and Memories —MOMENT OF CLARITY release day (post 2)”

  1. For me macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. From blue box store brand with sauces made from powder to the extravagant butter and cream sauce with purple moon wine soaked cheddar, I love it.

    As for food memories, I think my strongest one is a home made fudge that my grandmother used to make. it’s the only real family recipe that has been handed down in the house and I was this generations lucky recipient, so I will sometimes make it to remember my grandmother.

  2. Angela says:

    I love food, and i love chinese food.
    I also love aspargus and it’s only availabe a short time of the year (springtime until june 24th) so i don’t eat it very often because i feel you have to eat them when they are available and not from the freezer (jak)

  3. Kathy says:

    While I love to cook, I hate to bake. So we usually only have desserts on birthdays and holidays. And I have to confess that I don’t actually bake them-I buy them now that the kids are adults. Maybe if/when grandchildren come along, I’ll dust off those baking pans!

  4. JJ says:

    A favorite food memory is sharing many afternoon teas with my older sister who passed away due to cancer.

  5. Trix says:

    I do a lot of cooking and baking, and so does my mom, so we’ve had fun sharing and learning back and forth over the years. I also really look forward to the amazing homemade tamales some family friends bring every Christmas Eve…

  6. Debra E says:

    I don’t have a favorite food memory but there are certain treats that I will only bake once a year for the holidays to keep it something special that we look forward to.

  7. Waxapplelover says:

    I can’t think of one specific memory, but I do agree with you on trip memories. The gelato in Italy was probably the best I’ve ever had. And definitely the lobster and blueberries on a trip to Maine were outstanding.

  8. H.B. says:

    There are a few dishes for Chinese New Year that I love and don’t get nearly as often as I want. The dish has pig feet stewed in a delicious sauce cooked with dried black fungus mushrooms (it might be wood ear mushrooms too)and dried oysters.

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