September 2017 A Note from Marcy

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Dear Bakers and Friends,


The end of summer and very beginning of fall, as marked by this Labor Day Weekend, is a very special time of year.  The next three days are just the beginning of one of the most incredible seasonal passages on the calendar. The air may be as warm as a July day but somehow it still smells like fall. All you can inhale is the perfume of a million apples and the golden flow of new honey spilling out of a hives, waiting to be gathered.  It is also a beginning, whether you’re celebrating Rosh Hashanah or as most of us are, starting a new cycle of life. Fall is back to school or back to work but routines begin again. Our baking spirits also take note: something shifts and it’s marked by sugar and spice and sheer anticipation of the glory baking days ahead.

Anyone in food, let alone baking, is smitten by fall. It’s harvest time and that alone is enough to create a buzz. But recently, my colleague Dianne Jacob of Will Write for Food blog spoke about the relevancy of food, considering what else is going on in our world. She was challenged by those who feel, with some justification, that to write about food is almost trivial given there’s violence, poverty, starvation, war, and yes, hurricanes and floods. Do we need a better honey cake when Houston and its, our citizens, are under siege? Is ‘food’ relevant – I mean the table-toppy, foodie way of food shows, blogs (even mind), cookbooks and food magazines?  

Well it depends on what you mean by ‘food’. Am I keen about reality food shows? Not so much.  I also am not keen about recipes that call for the juice of twelve pomegranate or six bottles of apple cider to marinate a chicken.  I don’t like ostentation or waste nor do I hold with creating recipes that are exclusive or elitist in some fashion. I do however, love exploring the world through my palate.

Food is relevant on many levels: knowing what you eat is safe and nutritious? Yes, that counts. Getting people fed and that no one anywhere, ever goes hungry? That’s primordial. What about sharing our cultures and cross pollinating with recipes and love?  What about volunteering in food shelters or giving to food banks. What about fair hiring in the professional kitchen so that anyone, from anywhere who can wield a knife or roll a wood pin, anyone of any gender are able to get jobs in food?  Or how about breaking a long tradition and uplifting the restaurant kitchen and treating fellow chefs (thank you Cronut creator Dominque Ansel) with dignity and respect in the kitchen? What about making sure school kids come to fill their heads with education but first enduring they have tummies of hot, good food in them first? What about getting those school bake sales safe and peanut free. What about teaching people skills to cook and bake so they have a profession or can feed themselves well? How about celebrating farmers and food producers on all levels and letting them know without them we’d be gnawing on bark and gathering berries. And this is just a beginning of what food is about.

Good cooking sustains us, body and soul. The inspired food of world-class chefs? Well, that is transcendent and becomes art and to me all art lifts up the human spirit. What could be more relevant than that?

Yes, there are times, maybe especially lately, where talking about ‘fancy food’ or better challah recipes seems trivial. But we live on many levels all at the same time. Plus, with most cultures, but particular Jewish food, food and recipes have symbolism build in. A round sweet challah at this time of year is about the continuum of life, an endless spiral. Apples and honey remind us of sweetness. This is a time where the food at the table is about waking up from our slumber wherein we’re not in touch or lost awareness. The honey also reminds us to forgive and focus on the good. Relevant? Yes, I think so.

Also relevant is Houston, Texas. It’s on my mind as it is for all of us. Bombarded with the images of what is happening there with what is happening here is hard to fuse together.  There are many charitable channels we can use to help out. But I also thought: what about baking extra honey cakes this year, ‘selling’ them to family, friends, teachers, your yoga studio and sending those funds to Houston? Like my Bake It Forward Hamantashen movement that was so successful last March, why not Honey Cakes for Houston? Just a thought. My best honey cake is free in this issue. Just bake up an extra cake and bake it forward…for Houston. Make food relevant, your way.

Happy New Year and a warm, beautiful September to everyone,

 

Marcy Goldman
Master Baker, Author|
www.Betterbaking.com
Est. 1997



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