Food & Spirit




A "delicious collection" of one woman's stories.

When you start reading Edie Clark's "Saturday Beans & Sunday Suppers" [Powersbridge Press, $14.95], you can feel your soul settle down, your heart rate slow. Word by elegant word, she pulls you into her quiet country life in New Hampshire and takes you through her days and decades of making the ordinary extraordinary.

Mostly she does it with what she calls her "kitchen stories" about food. Take the egg, for instance - it is a "fabulous package" that is "amazingly contained" and "perfectly hardy." She writes that, as she washes one, she "contemplated the idea of perfection. I never thought an egg would take me to such a place."

In the book's first chapter you meet Aunt Peg, who introduces Clark to the world of food, and from that time on the joys and trials of Clark's life would be marked by meals of steamed lobster, cold cucumber soup, roast lamb, German apple pancakes and other culinary creations. Recipes end each of the chapters.

At one point Clark describes an experience that she "soaked up like warm sunshine." It is an apt description for how a reader is likely to experience her book. I did.

Edit Module
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. UFOs in New Hampshire
    Fifty years ago this September, a UFO was spotted over Exeter. Or was it something else? This...
  2. Doughnuts Worth the Drive
    There's nothing like made-from-scratch doughnuts. Here's where to find some great ones in New...
  3. Basque-Style Paella
    NH's Hillary Davis shares a recipe from her new cookbook, "Le French Oven."
  4. Stories of Transformations on the Appalachian Trail
    No one walks the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail and emerges unchanged. Nearly three of...
  5. Chain Restaurants Are Stepping It Up
    As the competition increases and diners have more choices than ever, chain restaurants are forced...
  6. DIY Ideas for Decorating with Late Summer Flowers
    Brighten up your home with these DIY decorating tips and ideas using late summer flowers.
  7. Follow Artoo the Osprey's Incredible Journey
    Each year, at about this time, an osprey nesting in New Hampshire begins an amazing journey deep...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags