A few Saturdays ago, I kicked off a new Saturday morning ritual: a sweaty workout at Studio Poise and a quick trip to Whole Foods afterward. My friend Maggie lives in the same neighborhood, and on that first Saturday, I headed to her house afterward with an armful of peonies. You know that you’re really friends with someone when you can show up soaked with sweat and bare faced.
Maggie lives in a charming century-old house which she and her husband have transformed into a warm, inviting home. I love sitting in her expansive kitchen. Maybe it’s because that’s where the magic happens, as Maggie works on Eat Boutique and her cookbook. But more likely, it’s because Maggie is the kind of hostess who knows exactly how to make you feel like you’ve been part of her home all along. It helps that her husband brews an incredible cup of Japanese quick cold brew coffee.
As I was leaving, Maggie slipped A Homemade Life off of her overflowing built-in bookshelves (because what makes a home feel more like a home than that?) and pressed it into my hands. The author, Molly Wizenberg, is the creator of a blog called Orangette. The book was the perfect companion to a perfect morning, as the short chapters bring together Molly’s fond family memories with the recipes that accompany them.
It made me think more about the way we’re eating, and the memories we’re creating around our food. It also made me think about the idea of home and how tied it is to these little moments. Sitting together talking about our plans and disappointments and hopes and goals. Feeling like you could spend the whole day just that way. Finding things to love about the place you already live in.
It’s a lovely summer read. (Although I can imagine re-reading it by the fire with a steaming mug of cocoa this winter.)
What are you reading this summer?
Original photo credit couldn’t be tracked down, however this image was pinned from A Gentle Woman.