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Twisted Basics: Laugh, Cook Eat!


I am pleased to announce my second cookbook, Twisted Basics: Laugh, Cook, Eat!  will be available for purchase in late April.  I’m so proud to advocate for local farmers markets and entrepreneurs.  This is my love letter to our local Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids, MI; where we have been vending for 20 years.

The focus of this particular cookbook is about creating intimacy through cooking.  After all, humans have been obsessed with food since the beginning of time.  It defines us geographically, ethnically, culturally and economically.  It has been a focus of my life since childhood.  It is my vocation, entertainment, art form and passion.  I hope it will become your passion too.

Recent studies have shown that the average American eats out 4-6 times a week.  The fast pace of contemporary living sells the idea that there is no time to cook.  Cooking seems old-fashioned; but what has really happened is that the public has collectively been sold a bill of goods.  Premade entries, extensive deli’s and takeout lure you away from something that feeds you not only physically but emotionally.  Cooking done with care is an act of love.  Julia Child has said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients.”

The emphasis of Twisted Basics: Laugh, Cook, Eat! is veggies.  There are guides for a well-stocked pantry along with assorted tips and variations for many recipes to personalize ingredients for individual tastes.  The chapters are organized by type of vegetable such as greens, alliums, tomatoes, root vegetables, etc.  Most are easy to prepare.  All of them are nutritious and satisfying.  You do have time to cook!  Get your spouse or family involved.  Make cooking a bonding and conversational time.  Sharing a simple meal together will increase the intimacy between you and your loved ones.  Get off your phones and into your food.  What have you got to lose?

May there be joy at your table.

“There is something profoundly satisfying about sharing a meal.  Eating together, breaking bread together, is one of the oldest and most fundamentally unifying of human experiences.”    —Barbara Colorso

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