Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Born to Cook
All I want is a life I make for myself. Where my talents matter, where my passions take me places I want to go. I’m not willing to be ruled by anyone else.
Does that make me sound selfish, or a witch? It shouldn’t. It’s all any of us want, isn’t it?
Listen, I’ve loved to cook since before I could reach the stove. My mother put a stepstool in the kitchen so I could watch her cook. No Easy-Bake Ovens for me—I could stare for hours in the window of the real thing, watching bread rise, pies turn golden, mushrooms brown and become soft, juicy morsels of taste and perfection. Other kids wouldn’t shut up about learning to ride their bikes. I bragged about learning to braise. No boring summer vacation essays about trips to the pool or the waterslide for me. I went to Kids’ Cooking Camp and learned how to make coq au vin and quiche Lorraine and handmade pasta.
I’m still not sure how I veered off track. But I’ve got a chance now. And when Tamarack opens in a few weeks, you come by and have an appetizer on me. I promise, it will be the best thing you ever ate. Because I was born to cook.
What’s the best thing you ever ate?
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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