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At The Table With...Amelia Morris of Bon Appetempt


Today we're laughing with (at? with.) Amelia Morris, the 32-year-old new mom (hi, Teddy!) and blogger behind Bon Appetempt. There are a lot of great things I can say about this blog, considering the lovely recipes, bright photos and witty and personal copy. I won't spend too much time on those, though, because my absolute favorite things about Bon Appetempt are Amelia's videos. They're short and kind of awkward and super funny and they feature recipes that make my tummy rumble. Just take my word and watch them.

Read on to get to know Amelia!

What is your all-time favorite book?

I feel like everyone is Jane-Austen-ed out, but if I’m being completely honest it’s Pride and Prejudice— there was a time in my life where I was rereading it every six months. But to give myself some street cred, I should also say that Love in the Time of Cholera and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home are right up there.

What meal do you love to cook?

I love cooking soups. Any soup. Though if I had to pick just one, it would probably be this spicy chicken noodle soup with mushrooms I make every few months. And while it’s delicious on its own, I always finish it with grated Parmesan, which I would say makes it almost undeniably delicious.

What is your favorite food scene from a book?

One of my favorite short stories, “Bobcat” by Rebecca Lee takes place at a dinner party and is filled with so many great food-centric moments; it’s hard to pick just one. That being said, here’s a passage I really like:

"It was the terrine that got to me. I felt queasy enough that I had to sit in the living room and narrate to my husband what was the brutal list of tasks that would result in a terrine: devein, declaw, decimate the sea and other animals, eventually emulsifying them into a paste which could then be riven with whole vegetables. It was like describing to somebody how to paint a Monet, how to turn the beauty of the earth into a blurry, intoxicating swirl, like something seen through the eyes of the dying."

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. It’s truly the highlight of every morning.

What is the last book you abandoned?

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. It’s so beautifully written, but I just stopped wanting to turn the page.

Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?

I always overthink these kinds of questions. I’m afraid to say one of my favorite authors because what if meeting them somehow sullied their writing for me? Or what if the dinner went badly? Maybe I’ll go with Dr. Harvey Karp, the author of this baby sleep book I’m reading. I could ask him all sorts of questions about my six-week-old son. As for what I’d order? Oysters and champagne — two things I couldn’t really enjoy while pregnant.

Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?

All over the place. Though right now I’m partial to Nigel Slater’s cookbooks (I’m trying to collect them all!) and Martha Stewart Living.

I’m in a book club with a group of friends and they always have great recommendations. Right now I’m reading Eleanor and Park, which my pal Jodi recommended and I’m pacing myself because I don’t want it to end!

Tell us about your blog — the inspiration for it, why you blog and your favorite aspect of it.

Ahhh, to answer this question properly I would have to write a book (which I did! But it won’t be out until next February). The short answer is that Bon Appétempt is all about not taking things too seriously. As evidence to this, I submit one of my favorite aspects of the site: our cooking videos.

What are your favorite blogs, and why?

I love Lottie and Doof, The Year in Food, The Wednesday Chef, The Yellow House, and Sut Nam Bonsai. Each one is really cared for by its respective author and they all inspire me.

Connect with Amelia: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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February 2014 Favorites

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Bookmarked: The Good Food Festival Edition (+ A Giveaway!)