This week a few friends and I gathered around my dining table to chat about my husband’s new book and enjoy food together. I wanted to share the book with an inner-circle of friends, get their perspective about it, and try out some new recipes in good company.
We all brought a small plate to share. I made baked lemons filled with mozzarella, slow roasted tomatoes, basil, and small cubes of crusty multigrain bread. Basically, you remove all of the insides of the lemon, fill them with your choice of ingredients (cheese, tomatoes, herbs, olives, artichokes, roasted red pepper, garlic, sausage..you get the idea), then bake at 350 degrees for 20 min. Simple and delicious.
For those of you who may not know, my husband is a singer/songwriter who most recently wrote and self published a book. He is a visionary but his passion doesn’t stop with an idea. He has followed through with some of his grandest ideas like coming out with four CDs in four months, and writing a book telling the narratives behind several of his songs. I am proud to have such a enterprising creator as my husband. Life is never boring. But more so than that, it is rich with passion and artistic expression. To learn more about his book click here.
One thing we highly value in our family is vulnerability, not just transparency but true vulnerability that allows the insight of others into your life as you share the deepest parts of your heart with them. Josh’s book is an “honest, put it all out there, read,” as tweeted by Dara from CookinCanuk.
Another valuable part of the book is the call for true community. As we sat around the table enjoying some of the best foods from some of the best cooks in the city, we commented on how community should be versus its reality. Not just tweets, or facebook wall comments, or an email from time to time, but sitting around a table together and hearing about each-other’s lives and how they are really doing.
The book is not just a serious read about my husband’s life story, it is filled with stories that make you laugh and draw you in to recall parts of your teenage years. We chatted about some of our teenage heart throbs, like Tiff from FoodFinery’s love for Morrisey, Heather of SLCLunches‘ passion for singing Ace of Base loudly in the solitude of her car, and Maria’s, from TwoPeasAndTheirPod, secret love for the washed out band Boys II Men. Barbara from BarbaraBakes talked about motherhood and how heart wrenching it can be at times.
My love for food extends much beyond what I’m putting in my mouth but is truly about the company surrounding it. It was a night of delicious food and even better company.
If you are interested in Josh’s book you can purchase it online here. Also, he is having a storytelling and song night this Sunday, August 22nd, at 7pm at Capital Church, 1000 East 700 South. The event is free and there will be a gal from Portland opening for Josh as well.