It’s been a cloudier-than-normal week in Carmel Valley. I have done some outdoor physical things, but I’ve also done a lot of indoor reading.
One book I am enjoying is called Eat This Poem, by Nicole Gulotta, “a literary feast of recipes inspired by poetry.”
There are five subjects to this poetry/recipe collection–On What Lingers, On Moments in Time, On Growth, On Gathering and On Splendor. Poems from some of my favorite poets–Marge Piercy, Naomi Shihab Nye, Mary Oliver and Billy Collins–are included. Each poem is paired with thoughtful and accessible discussion of the poem’s theme and meaning, and appropriate recipes.
In Jane Hirshfield’s poem “Tree,” for example, Gulotta discusses the “immensity” of life, as exemplified by a redwood tree, with “this clutter of soup pots and books…” in the kitchen, helping to ground us. She then goes on to give the reader some comforting soup recipes.
In another section, Jehanne Dubrow’s poem “Tea,” leads the author to discuss the reflection that often occurs as one is sipping tea and then includes various recipes for sweet baked goods that are nice accompaniments to tea.
How could I resist a book in which the author, in reflecting on Eve Merriam’s “How to Eat a Poem” says, “Life is ‘ready and ripe now,’ so let us be joyful, let us cook and read with pleasure, and let us remember to celebrate each meal for the nourishment it gives us day after day.” Whoosh! I’m there!
And now I add a humble haiku of my own to the mix:
Slurping red spaghetti sauce
Happy Reading; Happy Eating!