Joan Nathan asked a chef why he was making an old family recipe, and he answered, “it is not the taste I am searching for but the memories.”
From Joan Nathan’s upcoming cookbook King Solomon’s Table. (affiliate link)
As I read this quote in Joan Nathan’s cookbook, the words resonated with me and tears welled in my eyes. It hit me. I do it for the memories. I invite people into my kitchen to cook because it reminds me of the buzz in my mother’s kitchen. Her kitchen was often filled with other women– my sister, grandma, aunts, cousins– all cooking together and sharing recipes. I remember a palpable feeling of togetherness as everyone collaborated and shared chit chat.