11.24.2009

Team Cooking...



images via the selby

I love these images of photographer Dan Martensen and his girlfriend Shannan Click’s home over on The Selby, especially the shots of the two of them in the kitchen together...

I am a lone baker. It’s therapeutic. One of my favorite parts of the book Alice Waters and Chez Panisse was the description of the restaurant’s first pastry chef (and partner), Lindsey Shere, creating all of the desserts in a little shed behind the restaurant. Right before dinner she would run her creations across a path to the restaurant, sometimes under an umbrella in the pouring rain… I love that image. Total bliss that job, no?

But when I cook a meal, I love nothing more than the camaraderie and mild chaos of cooking with a few other people. I can’t wait to spend Thursday in the kitchen with my family turning out a huge meal.

Total bliss that job too…

11 comments:

stewart and james said...

i agree..gotta love the kitchen on a holiday :)

k

Julia (Color Me Green) said...

i love the look of their kitchen and the rest of their house! <3 exposed beams. makes me think of my upstate house that got away...

Anna said...

Thanks for the link to this particular shoot at The Selby. It's really great!

Brandi said...

I completely agree with you. My boyfriend and I always cook dinner together (when we're not on opposite coasts), but the baking he leaves to me, though he'll usually hang around in the kitchen and read while I busy myself with the mixing. It's really nice to be able to take daily tasks like cooking and make them so much more fun.

shinwha said...

lovely post :)

Elizabeth said...

I too am a lone baker- oddly, I usually don't even eat the things I bake. It pleases me most to work to pretty music, then let the smells of pies or cookies baking entice my family into the kitchen!

However, I like the idea of cooking in cooperation (but I prefer to keep the tasks rather distinct and not get bumped into!) Have you read Alice Waters' childrens' book Fanny at Chez Panisse? It was one of my favorites as a little girl, and the images of everyone moving nimbly and cheerfully in the kitchen have always inspired me.

I suppose it's about time that I read one of her grown-up books, eh? Especially since I'm moving to a new apartment just a few blocks away from Chez Panisse in February!!

Joslyn said...

Elizabeth -- fanny at chez panisse is my daughter's favorite book...we read it together all the time...so great.

you definitely need to read her biography since you'll be living right around the corner (jealous ;-) it's such a cool story about how the restaurant came to be etc...

Steph said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I too can't wait to be cooking with my family this week! Ha, I didn't know that about Chez Panisse's pastry chef! That's so interesting and quite cool!

Liz said...

totally agree! I love having my fiance in the kitchen with me. It's so comforting and romantic :)

Mrs.French said...

i need revisit this post when my head is ready pop off on thursday...your words may save me. now that's a good friend...xo t :)

oh and happy, happy thanksgiving to you and yours friend.

emily said...

Lovely post. I adored that book when I was a little girl, I haven't thought about it in years... thank you for reminding me!

and a happy Thanksgiving to you