Today we're getting to know Erin Scott, the Berkeley-based blogger behind Yummy Supper and author of a cookbook of the same name. Erin shares original, seasonal and truly recipes on her blog, which has a gluten-free focus because she is affected by Celiac Disease. Even people who don't necessarily avoid gluten — like me! — enjoy her recipes, though, because she emphasizes freshness right alongside deliciousness. I turn to Yummy Supper when I'm looking for something good for me but still indulgent. I hope you will too.
What is your all-time favorite book, and why?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. I love the rich, epic journey, the outlandish characters, and fantastical storytelling. I’m not sure how many times I’ve already read the book, but I’m happy every time I pick it up and lose myself to the story.
What meal do you love to cook, and why?
I definitely go through phases with my cooking depending on the seasons. This time of year all I want to do is makes soups and stews to warm my belly in the cooler months ahead. On the other hand, throughout the spring and summer, I can’t get enough salads. I’m a big fan of layering texture, color and flavor — and I love that both soups and salads allow for play and improvisation. Why not add a little lemon zest here or a sprinkling of chopped basil there? That kind of loose and easy cooking is my happy place.
What is your favorite food scene from a book, and why?
MFK Fisher's How To Cook a Wolf is pure brilliance. I LOVE that book - no one cuts through the BS about food better than Mary Francis. I particularly like what she has to say about letting kids eat with pleasure even if it doesn't follow the rules.
"Let him choose his foods, not for what he likes as such, but for what goes with something else, in taste and in texture, and in general gastronomic excitement. It is not wicked sensuality.... for a little boy to prefer buttered toast with spinach for supper and a cinnamon bun with milk for lunch. It is the beginning of a sensitive and thoughtful system of deliberate choice, which as he grows will grow too, so that increasingly he will be able to choose for himself and to weigh values, not only sensual but spiritual....
The ability to choose what food you must eat, and knowingly, will make you able to choose other less transitory things with courage and finesse. A child should be encouraged, not discouraged as so many are, to look at what he eats, and think about it: the juxtapositions of color and flavor and texture... and indirectly the reasons why he is eating it and the results it will have on him...."
Amen to that.
Coffee or tea?
Coffeeeeeeeeee! I drink 2-3 cups of black coffee each and every morning. I love a good cup of tea as well, but I live for coffee.
What is the last book you abandoned, and why?
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. East of Eden is one of my favorite books and I’ve been having a Steinbeck craving lately, so I picked up a used copy of Grapes of Wrath when I was in Portland last month. I started to read it, loved the gorgeous language, but I just couldn’t take the dry, dusty heat of the book. With our own current drought, Indian summer, and my personal yearning for rain and coziness, Grapes of Wrath only intensified my own parched feeling. I just couldn’t take it!
Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
Alice Waters. I'd love to eat a simple salad picked from her garden, eaten with our fingers.
Where do you go to find new recipes?
My best recipes have come from allowing myself free, uninterrupted time in the kitchen. When I go to the farmers’ market with no agenda and pick whatever looks most delectable and fresh, bring those goodies home and let myself play… something delicious always emerges.
Where do you go to find new reads?
My friends and family. I’m terrible at sleuthing out new books, so I rely on friends to pass along books they enjoy.
Tell us about your blog — the inspiration for it, why you blog, and your favorite aspects.
Yummy Supper is my little corner of the web where I open my kitchen to readers. I share simple, seasonal, family-friendly recipes that happen to be gluten-free as well (though folks who don’t have an issue with gluten don’t even seem to notice and never complain about missing a thing.) Yummy Supper is also my place to play with food photography and styling. I love telling food stories through recipes and images.
I started Yummy Supper 6 years ago on a whim and had no idea it would lead to a career as a food and lifestyle photographer and cookbook author. What a strange and unexpected gift this blog has been!
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
There are so many blogs I enjoy and read on a regular basis. Here are a few of my favorites… Dash and Bella for Phyllis’s poignant and hilarious writing and delectable recipes and photos. Ashley Neese for her openhearted posts and fabulous quotes. Turntable Kitchen for their clever and always engaging mix of food, music and fantastic writing and photography.