Today we're rolling up with Lindsey S. Love, the 31-year-old Brooklyn blogger who creates Dolly and Oatmeal. I say "creates" instead of "writes" because reading Lindsey's blog is an experience; she pairs dreamy photos with crisp, healthy recipes in posts that clearly result from a lot of time and effort. The recipes on Dolly and Oatmeal are designed to suit Lindsey's tastes — they're vegetarian and fit for someone will food intolerances — but will appeal to anyone who wants to eat well while staying healthy. Is it any wonder she's a Saveur Best Food Blog Award finalist? I think not.
Read on to get to know Lindsey!
What is your all-time favorite book?
I’m a bit of a history nerd, so Tony Horwitz's A Voyage Long and Strange is definitely among my favorites.But The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been a life long story that has always resonated with me. I can’t forget authors, Alice Waters and Deborah Madison — two of the most inspiring women when it comes to food education.
What meal do you love to cook?
When I think of cooking my favorite meal, it’s always breakfast. It’s not any one specific item, but it’s that sense of getting up and starting the day and making something wholesome and delicious for my husband and me. It’s sitting down, taking in the rising sun, having a cup of coffee and starting the day on the right foot.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
“Although it was just after dawn, several people were already waiting outside the small store. When the metal grating rolled up, I followed them inside. The shop was in a middle-class neighborhood of Oaxaca city, in southern Mexico. Behind the low counter, half a dozen women hovered over waist-high stoves made of concrete block. Recessed into the dome-shaped top of each stove were two shallow clay dishes that served as burners. With expert motions the women slipped tortillas – thin discs of cream-colored flour perhaps nine inches in diameter – onto the hot burners. In seconds the tortilla dried and puffed up like a soufflé. And from the storefront floated the aroma of toasting maize, which has permeated Mexico and Central America for thousands of years.” From, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. This scene to me exemplifies the connections between cultural heritage, history, and the land and region in which one resides.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee for sure! My husband is THE coffee guy and makes a mean cold brew in summer months – something I look forward to when it warms up.
What is the last book you abandoned?
I’m constantly abandoning books, I find myself picking up and putting down books all the time as I’m always looking to educate myself in different ways about different things – whether it’s about food cultivation, an autobiography or a book about personal enlightenment. I’m a little too eager to learn things that it’s hard to stick to one for too long.
Author you’d most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
The author I would most like to meet for dinner would have to be Anne Frank. I know she wasn’t a “trained” writer in the traditional sense, but I remember her diary as one of the first books I had ever read. I remember identifying common feelings she had a young a girl and this genuine sense about loving life and family and enjoying what you have. Those thoughts all came flooding back to me when I visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam this past fall. I could imagine us having dinner in Amsterdam, talking over a hot bowl of Dutch mustard soup.
Where do you go to find new recipes?
I get inspiration for recipes from all over. Whether it’s going out to eat, finding inspiring items at the farmer’s market, scouring food blogs, flipping through a magazine or thumbing through a cookbook for something specific; I will either see an item or meal that gives me an idea of something I would like to create or re-create. Often times, it’s something that in its usual form I wouldn’t be able to eat, motivating me to create a version or a new dish that is more compatible with a wholesome focus.
New York Times Book Review has always been my main source for new reads. Bill Maher’s "Real Time" and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" often feature authors with an interesting perspective, or who are trying to illuminate something in culture and society. NPR’s "Fresh Air" is another good source for hearing about new books.
Tell us about your blog — the inspiration for it, why you blog and your favorite aspects.
My blog started out as a personal journey to find, source, and create food that was nourishing while being tasty. This was something I was doing before I was blogging about it. The blog itself grew out of a desire to find a community and express to others what I wish I knew sooner — which is finding foods that lead to wholesome living, as they enlighten, energize, and advocate ways to feed our bodies and minds in a more conscious way.
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
There are so many inspiring and lovely blogs out there. 101 Cookbooks was the first blog I ever really followed, Heidi’s work is something I look forward to each week and has been a motivating factor in my own endeavors. Sprouted Kitchen, The First Mess and Golubka for establishing (in my mind) what beautiful vegetarian food is. The Vanilla Bean Blog [ATTW interview], My Name Is Yeh [ATTW interview] and London Bakes are constantly inspiring me to think outside the traditional baking box. Two Red Bowls and My Blue & White Kitchen [ATTW interview] are among two of my favorites as well, both for their genuine words and their unique cultural perspective. Lastly, my first blog friend Edyln, from Egeedee — she posts wonderful recipes as well as beautiful writing about life and what goes on in it.