Mary Sue Waisman – This Wonderful Book Will Make You Consider Each Bite

This blog post comes from Food Action Committee volunteer, poet, and farm kid at heart, Mary Ellen Sullivan. 

Sometimes at the market you are introduced to a friend you are yet to meet.  Sometimes you look at the cover and title of a book and realize you and the author would be great friends, maybe even relatives.  That’s what happened when I spotted Mary Sue Waisman’s book, From the Heart of The Kitchen: A Daily Journal – 365 Inspirations to Feed Your Soul on the counter at Foxhill Cheese House’s booth at the Seaport Market.  Richard Rand of Foxhill told me that Mary Sue is a friend of his and his wife Jeanita.  The back cover told me she is a dietician, and has published three cookbooks.

In this sturdy, coiled book – meant to be well-used – she shares her daily meditations, reflections, and sometimes a food-treasure hunt.  Entries range from “Do you know there is actually a marshmallow plant?” (July 20.) to “Have you ever been to a Festival of Forgotten Skills?” (Aug 26.)  I love the image of being aware of a farmer’s strong grip as he shakes your hand – my dad had huge farmer hands.  One of my favourites is “My dad grew up on a farm. When my children were very young, he always told them farm stories – true stories with hardship.”  (July 2.)

And Mary Sue leaves a daily space for the thoughts, memories, and actions she sparks.

This is a book that I like to keep close to our dining table – a lovely way to bring family, meals, and thanksgivings together.

My wee verse for Mary Sue:

Meal-time reflections

From the heart of the kitchen

Kids at the table

– Mary Ellen Sullivan

From the Heart of the Kitchen MS Waisman

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