Diana Henry's song to winter food
Maple syrup on Snow is a very Canadian thing - but I grew up on the west coast which is far away from the center and gets very little snow as a rule. As a child I longed for this treat that I would see depicted in school films about Canada - but we didn't have the temperatures for maple syrup or snow so I had to settle for Quebec syrup sent across the country for my pancakes. Later on, I would write a personal essay called "Finding the real Canada" about the first time I travelled to Ottawa for work, in the middle of February where I experienced winter carnival and maple syrup on snow. It was not nearly as exciting as I had imagined it to be (though the ice sculptures at Carnival were amazing).
Anyhow - I bought the book and am looking forward to the author chat!
I have been cooking from Diana's books since the very beginning, and she typifies the idea that cooking and culinary anthropology are simply other forms of storytelling, and other ways to convey a narrative. Her work is wonderful, and she is as lovely a person as she is a brilliant writer.
What a knack you have for getting us all cozy. I feel so Christmassy just reading this. Can't wait.