Good Quote: Laurie Colwin on Home Cooking

Good Quote: Laurie Colwin on Home Cooking

Faith Durand
Sep 9, 2008

It's Home Cooking month here at The Kitchn, and our title is partially an homage to Laurie Colwin and her marvelous book, Home Cooking: A Writer In the Kitchen. Here is a quote from Colwin in the piece that launches the book. We'll check back in with her throughout the month.

"Unlike some people, who love to go out, I love to stay home."
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This may be caused by laziness, anxiety or xenophobia and in the days when my friends were happily traveling to Bolivia and Nepal, I was ashamed to admit that what I liked best was hanging around the house.

I am probably not much fun as a traveler, either. My idea of a good time abroad is to visit someone's house and hang out, poking into their cupboards if they will let me. One summer I spent some time in a farmhouse on the island of Minorca. This was my idea of bliss: a vacation at home (even if it wasn't my home). I could wake up in the morning, make the coffee and wander outside to pick apricots for breakfast. I could wander around the markets figuring out that night's dinner. In foreign countries I am drawn into grocery shops, supermarkets and kitchen supply houses. I explain this by reminding my friends that, as I was taught in my Introduction to Anthropology, it is not just the Great Works of mankind that make a culture. It is the daily things, like what people eat and how they serve it.

-- Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking ($12 at Amazon)

We'll check back in with her throughout the month.

Related: Good For You, Yet Delicious: The Short Stories (and Cooking) of Laurie Colwin

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