Sketchbook archives! Just one more way to yammer about food.
As if you needed more visual pointers on Mandelbread: shape, bake, cut, bake, eat! Here’s the more photographic look at my beloved “Jewish biscotti.”
Testing scones in a giant, industrial-sized Orange County bakery facility and nervously presenting the finished product to grocery store execs. Notes for Josie, early 2000.
In early 2000 I was meeting with large bakeries in California about producing my scones on a larger scale. I felt suffocated by the constant drive of L.A., and after a few days we took our rental car up the coast. I kept a sketchbook for Josie, tuning my notes for her four-year old ears.
From the “I remember Grandma” category, it’s a Skyscraper Sundae – circa 1975 – from La Petite, a Chicago diner near Grandma Edna’s apartment with a fancier name than it needed. The uniformed waitresses all wore name tags and brought me free sundaes with crunchy pink wafers – the menu read SKYSCRAPER, and to a girl in a red booth with big eyes, that’s exactly what it was.
from June, 2008 – Paris
Banana, lemon, pistachio and raspberry gelato
from August, 1990 – Caffe Florian, Venice.
We were sweaty, unwashed backpackers who splurged on a real table and perfect gelato. Blistering, grimy, icy, creamy, totally spoon-clinking romance.