Back in December, I talked a bit about the book my friend John Donohue edited, Man with a Pan, which is now out. Featuring essays by Stephen King, Sean Wilsey, Mario Batali, Jim Harrison, and others, it's all about dads who cook for their families. I loved it, and look forward to making the Tofu Bolognese and other recipes that are included. Great Father's Day gift, obviously.
When I was growing up, my father often made pancakes on Saturday mornings. I would keep him company in the kitchen as he "used up every dish in the house," as my mother would say. Buckwheat pancakes with chopped pecans were favorites of mine. Because Dad traveled around the state a good bit in those days, he was always bringing home one local specialty or another; for the pancakes, we used cane syrup from some little Mississippi town. Delicious!
From Stay At Stove Dad, John's excellent blog, here is an announcement of a reading in NYC tonight. I wish I could go.
On June 2, at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Used Books Café, Tom Beller, Mark Kurlansky, and Sean Wilsey will join me in reading from their contributions to "Man with a Pan." The café is at 126 Crosby Street, and the reading is free. Details here. If you're in town, I hope you can make it. Stop by and say hello.