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.


When 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. 


What memories do you have of recipes or special meals? This is the story in you. Share it.


The Memory Keepers’ Daughter, 


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