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Closing the Cookbook

Wrapping up the Personal Canons Cookbook series.
Closing the Cookbook
Photo by Brooke Lark / Unsplash

At the start of 2023, I shared a thesis statement for the year:

When we share food with each other, we make meaning from the sharing. Whether you’re feasting in triumph or lament or reflection or toil or rest or gratitude, you’ll have reasons to connect a meal to a moment. That moment will become a memory; maybe it will grow into a tradition. Maybe you’ll share it with your community. Maybe it will come to define you. Ultimately, no matter the reason for a shared meal, the truth of the feast is that it exists to create connections. This is going to be true of 2023: no matter who you are or where you live, you’ll have cause to feast this year.

Over the course of the year, I had the honor of publishing essays and recipes from authors around the world as part of the Personal Canons Cookbook series. Together, we proved that thesis over and over again. We celebrated holidays; we grieved losses; we learned how to feed ourselves and each other through moments of unspeakable horror; we learned how to care for our communities through food. We dove deep into hunger and abundance and poverty and celebration. We learned where to be flexible and where to hew to specifics. 

We learned to cook together. We shared food with each other, and we made meaning from the sharing.

Now the year is over and the series is wrapped. Below, you’ll find the sum of the online series. If you’d like to own the Personal Canons Cookbook ebook, which collects all these essays and recipes in easy-to-reference, clickable format—plus loads of bonus recipes from me!—join the Stone Soup Supper Club. The ebook is free for subscribers, who will get the download link in their inboxes in the first Supper Club email of 2024!

My immense thanks to Kate Burgener, Josh Storey, and Julian Stuart, who did the heavy lifting to make this ebook something truly stunning to behold. 

What We Shared: The Personal Canons Cookbook

January Editorial: Year of the Feast

February Editorial: These Recipes Aren't Ours

March Editorial: Who Is Good at Cooking?

April Editorial: Having People Over

May Editorial: No Substitute

June Editorial: I Don't Feel Like Cooking

July Editorial: An Act of Transformation

August Editorial: To Love a Long Recipe

September Editorial: Fuck the Pit

October Editorial: Constant Companions

November Editorial: Scraps in the Pot

December Editorial: What I Have Eaten