Today we're welcoming the new year with one of my favorite bloggers, Molly Yeh of My Name is Yeh. This 24 1/2-year-old recently made the move from Brooklyn to Grand Forks, ND, to be with her boyfriend, a sugar beet farmer. She's a Julliard-trained percussionist, talented photographer (Molly, do you give lessons?) and fellow banana-hater. What I love about Molly's blog is the way she weaves in her everyday life, various adventures and even her heritage whenever possible. Her posts also exude charm and whimsy. I mean, this girl had a snow picnic...in which clean snow replaced plates. Deal with it.
Read on to get to know Molly!
What is your all-time favorite book?
What meal do you love to cook?
Anything inspired by my roots — I'm Chinese and Jewish, and those cuisines are two of my favorites. I love combining the two and putting new twists on traditional dishes. I loooove dumplings and I love baking and decorating cakes. Ooh and I also love cooking Israeli food like hummus and shakshuka.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
In The Polar Express, as the train whizzes through snowy mountains, the kids on the train are all so cozy in their pajamas while they eat nougats and other sweets. It is so simple and warm and happy, and every time I take the train I try to pack cute little snacks inspired by that.
Coffee or tea?
Both! Strong black coffee and marzipan tea are two of my favorite things.
What is the last book you abandoned?
I'm so good at abandoning books. I'm just so impatient. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope is one I started recently and have taken a long break from. I might get back to that eventually. Before that it was 1Q84. For a second I felt sorta cool carrying it around, but then I just couldn't take it anymore.
Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
Ruth Reichl. I am in love with her work. I'd let her cook anything for me. And hopefully she'd tweet about it, and hopefully @ruthbourdain would mock it.
Where do you go to find new recipes?
Google. I love cookbooks, but I usually just love staring at the pictures and reading the stories. When I want a new recipe to cook, it's because I have the craving for a specific dish or ingredient and I want to see many options for recipes so I can compare and read comments to see what works best. Googling works so well for this.
I usually have one of two reasons for picking up a book: 1. The cover is pretty and the summary on the back describes a wonderful and enchanting story, or 2. My mom won't shut up about it. She's the person whose book judgement I trust the best, even though half the books she recommends I end up abandoning. A 50% success rate is pretty high in my book.
Tell us about your blog — the inspiration for it, why you blog, and what your favorite aspects of your blog are.
Since the day I could write, I've kept a diary. I have a case of diaries that date back to age 6 or 7. Blogging is really just an extension of that. I like that I can add photos and that I can share my work with people. And I just love creating things — photos, recipes, essays...And then the reason it's mostly about food is because food makes sense to me and it's my favorite learning tool. Learning about a new culture, or connecting to my own culture, through food is something I love.
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
Entirely too many. YOURS. [Editor's note: #blushing] Also: Oh, Lady Cakes, Becca Mole, Joy Felicity Jane, Farmette, Reclaiming Provincial, Local Milk, Girl Versus Dough, Flourishing Foodie, Nothing but Delicious, Dolly and Oatmeal, Happyolks, Fox in the Pine, Princess Tofu, Frock Files, Sweet Betweens, My Darling Lemon Thyme, Vanilla Bean Blog, The First Mess... you can stop me at anytime...I feel like I have so many more favorites...But basically, all of these ladies are themselves, they're honest, and they have a such wonderful styles. Their recipes, photos, and other posts constantly inspire me.