Welcome to 50 Years 50 recipes!
This all started with a short essay by Alan Davidson and a conversation with my best friend Jessica. Davidson wrote about the Thai custom of distributing a small cookbook to mourners at a funeral. I thought this an absolutely charming idea. When I mentioned my plan to this friend she hesitantly agreed. “The problem with that idea Cynthia, is that when you’re dead, I’ll probably be dead too.” Point taken. So instead I started this blog. That was ten years ago. Which is why another loyal friend from my college days suggested I rename the blog to 60 Years 60 Recipes. Appropriate, but I think I’ll stick with what I started with.
What I really wanted to do was write a cookbook, to give to family and friends while I was alive (because I do listen to my friends), but cookbooks take time. So does writing a cooking blog – but blog posts can be written in smaller chunks of time. The way eating a slice of watermelon takes less time than eating the whole watermelon.
For me cooking is like breathing – I do it because the place I’m happiest is in the kitchen.
When I turned 49 I planned to blog about my favorite 50 recipes, which would celebrate the first 50 years of my life. It was supposed to be finished when I wrote my fiftieth recipe. I thought I could complete writing, retesting the recipes, and photographing those fifty recipes in a year – ha! Despite my delusions, along the way I realized how much I loved the process of writing and telling food stories. I also came across, and have been given, new recipes. Plus my cooking has changed over the last decade. So despite having published more than 50 recipes, I’m still posting.
I’ve been paid to cook since I was 13, though I was spending time in the kitchen long before that. By 18 I knew I wanted to be a cook. In my mid 20s I shifted from restaurants to food styling, which is really just cooking for the eyes. For nearly twenty-five years I made food look pretty for photography, television, and videos. Along the way I taught cooking classes, catered, made a whole bunch of wedding cakes (including both of my own), hosted a kid’s cooking show before the Food Network ever existed, developed recipes, wrote food articles for magazines, and tested recipes for other people’s cookbooks. I’ve been lucky to spend much of my life around food.
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