Encourages readers to value and to share
their memories--the experiences and feelings that might otherwise be hidden for safe keeping.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Forgotten Appetizer
Maya Angelou’s Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes is the perfect
fusion of story and recipe. Angelou craftily tells the stories behind the collection of recipes in the book, blending adjectives, adverbs, and smiles together for a perfect treat. One
of my favorite stories in the book is the story behind Angelou's grandmother’s lemon
meringue pie recipe. Angelou and her brother Baily loved this pie! But they had
to endure the appetizer that came before the pie: the story of old Mrs.
Townsend who tried to snare a man with her delectable cooking.
I think of pie, I think about my grandmother’s blueberry
cobbler. Granny Munson and Papa had 10 children and 15 grandchildren. Somehow,
their house was a perfect fit for all of us and for as many friends and
neighbors who happened to smell the aroma of her cobbler as it bubbled and browned in the
oven. Granny made the best blueberry cobbler in the country! And our purple
mouths and fingers were proof of that.
memories do you have of recipes or special meals? This is the story in you.