So I read about this absolutely fantastic blog, Paper and Salt over at Craftzine a little while ago and I’ve been meaning to write about it ever since! I have such a long list of things I want to write about (hello, a closet update is kind of overdue too), but when I saw this from theKitchn, it jogged my memory in a hurry.
I don’t know about you, but if I had to choose – I would go with Truman Capote, for sure! I’ve always been fascinated by how creative people are inspired to create. Is is what they eat, where they sit, what they do that day? What do they do when they are creating? Do they snack, tap their fingers, walk around? I wish we could discover the process of what happens (before and after) when they are struck by the creative muse. In fact, I love the inspiration in the ordinary, but also in the spectacular. I am equally entranced by someone who is inspired by a weed poking through a sidewalk or by someone finding inspiration at a costume ball in a museum.
I think in general there are preconceived notions about what “creating” means and we think everyone is sitting behind a desk in a studio being brilliant. I think for the most part that is the furthest from the truth. I love the concept of Paper and Salt, according to the author Nicole, it is “..part historical discussion, part food and recipe blog, part literary fangirl-ing, [she] attempts to recreate and reinterpret the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction.” I also love how some of these recipes came to be because the creatives were part of a larger community. My favorite, for example, is the recipe that Jack London submitted to the Suffrage Cook Book after he met author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a vocal supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. Bacon and tomato baked risotto with a heaping side of history – sure, why not?
Image courtesy of Paper and Salt.