Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us, with some Accidental Butter

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Several months ago, I was asked to send in a short essay related to food for possible inclusion in an anthology to be published in ebook form by BlogHer. After some thought, I submitted an updated version of the post I wrote back in November 2011 to commemorate my mother's 70th birthday, called Accidental Butter. I'm happy to say my essay was selected to be one of the 36 in the book, which is available now.

The book version has an update that includes the part about my struggle with cancer, my father's death (which occured just a few weeks after I wrote the original version) and some more explanations about the essential Japanese-ness of my relationship with my mom. Reading it back now it may have come off a bit more serious than I intended...but I guess it did reflect my state of mind when I wrote it.

I just got my copy of the book today and I've been enjoying reading the other essays. There are a couple of recipes that I've seen so far, but it's mostly about how food is deeply interwoven in our lives. If you enjoy reading about food and life (or is it life and food...) I highly recommend it, even if it didn't have my contribution in it. ^_^

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