Not long ago, I cooked dinner with friends. People do this sort of thing, I’m told, so it shouldn’t be that unusual, I suppose.
Except that these friends were over a thousand miles away.
Thanks to the magic of technology, my friends were in my kitchen by virtue of a computer screen, while I was in theirs. We fixed the same meal, so we could eat at the same table, as it were. I didn’t have the recipe, so every now and then I’d ask what should come next. I got a little teasing for some ingredient substitutions I made, and the size of my carrots, but in the end, we served up plates of a salad and soba noodles with peanut sauce. They had ice cream later, which was homemade. I ate mine from a Talenti jar.
Many great stories of friendship involve images of sharing around a table, breaking bread together, sometimes even cooking together. One such story is Provence, 1970, the story of M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard and three other well-known chefs and the fall and winter they spent in the South of France. Written by Luke Barr, Fisher’s great-nephew, the story is based on journals and letters, and it chronicles the relationship between these friends (and, in ways, rivals) as well as the “democratization of cooking and taste” in America.
In August, the Friendship Project will be exploring the theme of Great Friendship Tales. We invite you to join us for a book club on one such tale, Provence, 1970. This conversation will be available to Tweetspeak patrons only. If you’re not yet a patron, consider joining us in support of the good things this community brings to the world for as little as $1 per month, and be a part of this interesting (and delicious) upcoming conversation.
August 8: Chapters 1-6
August 15: Chapters 7-12
August 22: Chapters 13-17
Buy Provence, 1970