A few days ago I noticed an interesting meme post by Ilva at Lucullian Delights. In it, she revealed not only a photo of herself, but some interesting answers to a personalized interview. Did you know that Ilva has a Ph.D? Wow. And I knew she was a great photographer, but a Ph.D is just awesome. What a woman. (Coincidentally, her husband has one too!!)
I have never been the one whose hand shot up first to volunteer in class or the first in line. That’s just not me. I am more of an observer. I like to watch and analyze before I jump into things, so I know what I am getting into. But this meme looked like fun, so I decided to just jump right in. Yes, I volunteered!
Special thanks to Ilva for her thoughtful questions. She really took time to develop questions specifically about each interviewee.
Unfortunately I don’t have a recent photo to share, but I do have the answers to her questions.
Have you always been interested in food or did it come gradually?
I’ve always loved food, but my interest in cooking has come and gone. As a young child, I loved sampling my grandmother’s food as she cooked. And in my early teen years, I was eager to learn to cook. By the time I reached college it was a necessity since little cafeteria foods met my then-vegetarian lifestyle. However, after a health scare and college graduation, my interest in cooking waned. In fact, I refused to cook for several years for a couple of reasons. For one, I didn’t know how to cook meat at all and was afraid to “mess it up.” And two, I didn’t want to fall into the “women must cook” stereotype. But by the time I got married, I was all about cooking again and designed a kitchen around what I expected to be doing in there (and have done). After I had Will, my cooking took on a new direction as I abandoned most processed foods in favor of fresh fruits, veggies and meats. (Fish too.)
When you travel, what is the most likely thing you bring back home?
Ooh. This is a tough one. It really depends on where I am traveling to. If it’s a day trip to New York or a voyage to Europe, it’s usually something food-related such as chocolate from France, tea from Great Britain or pastries from New York. Domestically and to the Caribbean, it’s usually clothes. But actually, on every trip I return with something for my brother and sister. So maybe that is my best answer.
Your favourite film? Or films because I know it can be difficult to too choose just one sometimes.
You are so right about that! I think if I had to pick one movie, it would be the Wizard of Oz. I love the Wicked Witch of the West’s laugh (and actually have a photo of her in my office and am reading Wicked, a book from her perspective). But I love a lot of films for different reasons. I love the Star Wars movies (particularly the originals) because of the wonderful fictitious worlds that they opened up beyond the one we know. I love Dirty Dancing for all the great dancing. Casablanca and Gone With The Wind are two wonderful, beautiful classics. And then there are movies that are just for fun, like Clueless. Those kinds of movies are great escapes from reality when you are really stressed.
I know that you like Martha Stewart and I wonder what it is in her that makes you like her so much?
Martha Stewart is a highly successful woman executive with a very interesting past. She and I went to the same college (Barnard) and rumors were rampant about how she put herself through school and whatnot. So even though I had grown up groaning whenever my mother and grandmother would turn on her show, I became fascinated by her. I read her unauthorized biography in college (definitely worth a read – it was so interesting). And after I started this blog, my interest in her was renewed because of her successes in the culinary field with her shows and books. I don’t know if I would say I like her so much as I am interested in her. There are without doubt some unsavory aspects of her – like her illegal activities (which to be fair, she has been punished for already) .
Where did you grow up and what was it like?
I grew up in Dutchess County, New York, about an hour north of New York City. During my childhood, my family and I would go into New York pretty frequently so I always felt like I belonged there. So it was no surprise when I decided to head there for college. But the area I grew up in? There were wonderful meat markets, pastry shops and farm markets. One of my favorite things about it is that there were neighborhoods and it was safe to play in the street. It was a nice place, and the appreciation for fresh meats and whatnot is something I have definitely carried with me.
Alright, so that’s me. What about you?
DIRECTIONS FOR THE INTERVIEW MEME
1. Leave a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. Beware, I’m not shy of asking personal questions! Please make sure I have your email address.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.