I love food, and a day of indulgence such as Thanksgiving is my idea of a celebration. On the other 364 days, I savor healthful foods. I’m already looking forward to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when I’ll have a few friends over for seafood, veggies, and fruit. (OK, desserts too.)
I grew up in an Italian family where we all shared the food-related work: My mother cooked and everyone else ate. I didn’t learn much about cooking until I left home and had to fend for myself. A friend changed my life by giving me a subscription to Bon Appetit as a birthday present. I was surprised and delighted to discover that it was possible to make truly delicious food that was quick and easy to prepare. (My mother and grandmother made ravioli and tomato sauce from scratch. That was our traditional Thanksgiving first course, to be followed by the turkey and all the trimmings.)
When I first started cooking, I never served anything to guests without pretesting it first. Now I have more confidence and I like to experiment. I’ve collected dozens of cookbooks; I often flip through them for ideas, rather than for recipes to follow unwaveringly. Because I’ve been doing this for so long, it is rare for me to discover a cookbook that offers new and tantalizing dishes that are not just plain weird. My latest such find is Stephanie Bostic’s One Bowl: Simple and Healthful Recipes for One.