July Cookbook Club Potluck: Diana Henry's How to Eat a Peach
Please join us at 6pm on Tuesday, July 31st, for our first monthly Cookbook Club Potluck. July's book selection is Diana Henry's How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories, and Places. The book will be 15% all month and, on the 31st, patrons and employees will attempt to cook delectable dishes from the book for you to taste!
When Diana Henry was sixteen she started a menu notebook (an exercise book carefully covered in wrapping paper). Planning a menu is still her favorite part of cooking.
Menus can create very different moods; they can take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. They also have to work as a meal that flows and as a group of dishes that the cook can manage without becoming totally stressed. The 24 menus and 100 recipes in this book reflect places Diana loves, and dishes that are real favorites.
The menus are introduced with personal essays in Diana's now well-known voice-- about places or journeys or particular times and explain the choice of dishes. Each menu is a story in itself, but the recipes can also stand alone.
The title of the book refers to how Italians end a meal in the summer, when it's too hot to cook. The host or hostess just puts a bowl of peaches on the table and offers glasses of chilled moscato (or even Marsala). Guests then slice their peach into the glass, before eating the slices and drinking the wine.
That says something very important about eating - simplicity and generosity and sometimes not cooking are what it's about.
Diana Henry is an award-winning food writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is the author of ten books including A Bird in the Hand which won a prestigious James Beard Award in 2016. It won widespread critical acclaim with John Vincent writing in Metro, “I feel like becoming a monk and dedicating my life to Diana Henry and her chicken.”
Diana is the Sunday Telegraph’s food writer and has a column in Stella, the newspaper’s magazine. She also writes a monthly column in BBC Good Food Magazine and writes regularly for House & Garden and Red. She lives in London and when she’s not whipping up a feast in the kitchen, she can be found planning trips around the globe – Russia and Alaska are next on the list – watching Scandi drama and reading American and Irish literature.