A new feature on Legacy.com is “The Recipe Vault,” which asks food folks to share a recipe that has reminds them of someone they’ve loved and lost. My first one featured Dan Pashman, host of WNYC’s “Sporkful” and author of the 2014 book “Eat More Better: How To Make Every Bite More Delicious.” He shared his great-grandmother’s cookie recipe, provided by his mother.
My most recent addition to the Vault is an interview with Times Picayune Food Editor Judy Walker, co-author of “Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.” As many people know, I worked for The Picayune and have never lost my love for the city of New Orleans, its food and its people. Judy is a fellow member of the Krewe of Muses, meaning we dazzle atop floats during Carnival together. This cookbook is awesome. I made red beans and rice for the first time using this recipe and have explored many other dishes. Over tea and homemade scones at Judy’s house, I spoke with her about
the book’s role in rebuilding New Orleans one recipe at a time.
Stay tuned for my upcoming Vault pieces: Maureen Abood, whose cookbook “Rose Water and Orange Blossoms” comes out next month, spoke about her father and his favorite tomato salad. Brooklyn-based chef Louisa Shafia shared a recipe for whitefish spread that reminds her of her grandfather.