Dear Readers

by | Jan 20, 2022 | Trending News

Dear Readers,

Whether one eats to live or lives to eat, food is always a discussion. And, somehow, food is often tied to romance and friendship.

Speaking of food and friendship, in November, a friend came to town with three copies of Israeli-born British chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s Test Kitchen cookbook. One was for me (really for my husband, the real chef in our home), one for my daughter in Cincinnati, and one for my daughter in Los Angeles. My friend, who lives in Atlanta, also purchased a copy for herself. Soon, the fun began—each of us trying recipes and sharing the results with photographs, tips, and any adjustments made. We’ve got a great group chat going and we’re eating some extraordinary, not too difficult to prepare meals. And, while we’re spread throughout the country, we’re almost cooking together. What a great idea. Thank you, Jean!

Like Jean’s gift intends, food often connects and nurtures. Consider two area women we profile in this section who have turned their passion for cooking into businesses. Years of nudging from family and friends encouraged Amy Markman to officially open Soup Love. Page 22. And, Shari Berman, owner of Cater 613, began her cooking career when she and her husband became observant. Her story is on page 24. Both articles are by Lisa Richmon.

Celebrity chef Alon Shaya connected with a Holocaust survivor to recreate recipes from his prewar youth. It’s an interesting and uplifting story on page 20.

No matter if you’re celebrating at home by cooking, with gifts, or dining out, this section offers some good suggestions on where to shop and dine and who to call.


Terri Denison