There is little that gives me more joy than preparing a meal and sharing it with others. I am a feeder, plain and simple. A hostess to my core! As my grandmother would say, I “come by it honestly.” She, too, was a feeder. The lessons learned growing up in her kitchen shaped my life and set me on a path of cooking, sharing, serving, and loving.
On the morning she died in 2008 I sat down and began writing stories, never dreaming that years later I would bring that collection together with my own favorite recipes. But here we are.
My good friend and food photographer, Alexis El Massih, and I have brought to life some amazing recipes for your family in a cookbook titled, Hospitality and Joy. It is a beautifully designed 8.5" x 10" smythe-sewn hardbound book printed on heavy weight satin finish paper. 160 colorful pages feature my go-to, tried and true hostess recipes each illustrated in photos that are as beautiful to look at as the food is delicious!
This book, nearly a decade in the making, honors my Sitey—my grandmother—“Aunt Vi” as she was lovely known to most, and celebrates an ethos of hospitality and joy that extends well beyond the kitchen.