There’s a lot of cooking in my novels. Food is the glue that brings people together. Probably because that’s how I view it. I love to cook, and sitting around a table with family and friends is one of my favorite experiences.
Cooking is a creative outlet for me. I get bored making the same recipes over and over, so I love to experiment with new ones when I have guinea pigs–oops, I mean friends–over.
December in our house ups the ante. It’s about putting up decorations and connecting with more friends and family than usual. I’ve cooked a lot of suppers for a lot of people lately. My daughter–the traveling nurse–decided not to re-sign her contract in Indianapolis and try for a job in San Jose. There’s a gap between finishing in Indy and starting in California, so she and her cat have been staying with us. She’s not a recipe follower. She glances at the basic ingredients she needs and then wings it. I had to laugh at myself. Winging it horrorifies me. Maybe I need recipes to cook just like I need plot points to write. I’m more comfortable with structure.
Since I love cooking , it shows up in my writing. In our family, the details of each day were discussed at the dinner table. It was the hub for staying in touch. Everyone sat around the table and talked about school and work. In my novels, people connect over the food they love most. Cooking is an act of love.
However you’re spending December, I hope it’s a good one; and Happy Writing!
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