Peachy the Magazine October November 2014 - Page 61

ON THE GO was magic. I grew up with her recipes, watching my mother cook and then cooking with her. I am more adventurous only because I cannot follow a recipe to save my life. The saying in our house is that, “if you like it you better eat as much as you can because it won’t be on the table again!” An exaggeration—but I do love trying new things just for the joy of experimenting. My mother and I still cook together a lot, and holidays are all about the kitchen; we plan the menus in advance and spend days cooking. It is something I really treasure. When did you realize your love for entertaining? When I was a child, I begged my grandmother for a tea set, and she bought me a beautiful porcelain set from Spode at the downtown Neiman Marcus. I subjected everyone to daily tea parties. I think I love the suspended reality that entertaining provides, the temporary stop of the real world and the connection with one another. A pretty table setting, no matter what is being served, just makes everything better. Tell us a little about your book. I love my book, Soiree Entertaining with Style, because it has so many layers of sentimentality to me. I wrote this book as my marriage was falling apart. It stands for everything I believe in. At the core, it is who I am, how I feel and what I believe, and it makes me so giddy and happy every single time someone picks it up and experiences a moment of joy! I never thought this would happen—I didn’t write it for any monetary expectation and only wanted other people to see the possibility of beauty in all things and with others. OCTOBER NOVEMBER 2014 59