Hello, dear readers, and welcome to the first installment of "At The Table With"! We'll be using this feature to interview some of our favorite bloggers active in the food and book worlds. We hope you enjoy getting to know the people behind these blogs, and that you get some ideas for literary and culinary adventures of your own. Our first subject is the lovely Nicole Gulotta, a 31-year-old Los Angeles resident and the creator of literary food blog Eat This Poem. By day, Nicole is the assistant manager of the Hilton Prize, which funds non-profits seeking to better the lives of disadvantaged people the world over. In her free time, she runs Eat This Poem as well as The Giving Table, a website dedicated to changing the food system. If that weren't enough, she also created the Right Brains Society newsletter, which she describes as her way of sending followers a personal note.
Read on to get to know Nicole!
What is your all-time favorite book?
Always the hardest question! Perhaps the collected poems of Elizabeth Bishop because she's had the strongest influence on my own work.
What meal do you love to cook?
Something comforting, like a rich marinara sauce or ragu. Add a well-dressed salad and a bottle of red wine, and that's my perfect meal.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
When I read classic novels in high school and college, I wasn't focusing on food at all, so I'm sure I missed many food scenes that would be considered favorites now. One that springs to mind is from The English Patient, when Hana feeds Almasy plums by chewing them in her mouth first. It's an image that stuck with me.
Tea or coffee?
Tea, without a doubt.
What is the last book you abandoned?
Anna Karenina. I was feeling ambitious last summer, but never finished it.
Which author would you most like to meet for dinner, and what would you eat?
Barbara Kingsolver. I'd love to talk with her about the experience she had living off the land for a year with her family (chronicled in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle). We'd definitely eat something rustic. Maybe roast chicken with potatoes and green beans, and a fruit tart for dessert made from whatever's in season.
Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?
I'm often inspired by restaurant meals, and almost always bring an idea home to recreate in my own kitchen. For new reads, Poets & Writers magazine gives me a lot of ideas, as do fellow bloggers. I love when people share a passage from a book that inspires them.
Tell us about your blog—what inspires it? Why do you blog? What are your favorite aspects of it?
My blog is inspired by two of my favorite things, food and poetry. I somehow managed to find a way to discuss them both in the same space, which I'm immensely grateful for. My favorite part is feeling like I'm writing what I'm supposed to be writing, what's authentic for me. I also love the community I've built over these last five years.
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