A Story of Unexpected Friendship and more..

“It was one of the best meals we overate… the fact that we remember it it with such queer clarity must mean that it had other reasons for being important.  I suppose that happens at least once to every human.  I hope so.”    M. F. K. Fisher, The Gastronomical Me

We connect with stories in so many ways.  Marketing a service or being successful during an interview is often because you tell your story or stories in a way that connects to your audience…. they connect and relate to the emotion that is expressed through your stories.

Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent is many stories ….. a sensory experience.  I became immersed in the heart and soul of the stories woven throughout the book. Stories of reflection, appreciation, insight, transition, and transformation.  And!  I became completely entranced with the food pairings that accompanied these stories.

I now have a list …. a new one, since I have several on the go….. of food to try my hand at, some that I would have never really considered until I read this book.

Apricot Souffles….. Edward’s approach to martinis….. Apple Galette (tried with satisfying results)…..Herb-Roasted Chicken in a Paper Bag….  Fennel Remoulade….Popover Flambe…..

I just might do a Julie & Julia and work my way through everything described in the book!  The exiting thing is that there are no recipes, only menus and Isabel Vincent’s description of her experience of the meal.  A perfect challenge to search for and experiment with the ideas of the recipes.   To create my own experiences and stories.  Look out my friends…. there’s a dinner invite in the future!