Patty Pinner is also the author of Sweets: A Collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories, which was selected as one of the best cookbooks of the year by The New York Times and called 'a sliver of fancy cake with a soulful memory' by the Washington Post. Patty Pinner lives in Saginaw, Michigan.
This photo was snapped at the opening reception for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual conference going on this weekend in New York city.
What do you make of it? A beautiful performance art piece, or a waste of a good watermelon?
Photo via the IACP Facebook page.
When I was growing up, my grandmother’s cousin, Lilly Bea, hired a woman named Henrietta to do her housekeeping and her cooking. While the other women in my family couldn’t imagine having another woman running their households, let alone one doing their baking, Lillie Bea was cut from a different cloth; she was more of a glamour girl than a domestic. In fact, if you rummaged through Cousin Lillie’s silverware drawer and her China hutch, you would find just as many tubes of lipstick and
I learned how to cook from the secrets of women. In fact, while growing up, my mother, who preferred to do her baking in the cool of the night, would call me into the kitchen at the point where she was adding her secret herbs and spices, or to show me one of her special techniques. Despite the fact that we were alone, Mama practically whispered her recipes to me. She used to say, A woman’s cooking sets her apart, in the same way that her cologne and lipstick does. A wise woman knows better t