I love cooking, but I rarely follow recipes to the tee. If I want to find out how to make something, I usually scan the ingredients list, close the cookbook and just wing it. Last Christmas one of my gifts was Louisa Shafia’s cookbook, Lucid Food. It is one of the first cookbooks I actually read and actually followed all the directions. Food is personal and her cookbook tells a story through her appreciation of food. She has had the honor of cooking at Millenium and Roxanne’s in San Fransisco and Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit in New York City. Her love for food and eco-friendly practices resulted in the start of her catering business, Lucid Food in 2004. Her cookbook features seasonal recipes that draw from a variety of cuisines. Indonesian Corn Fritters, Seven Vegetable Miso Soup, Crispy Yuba Rolls, Watermelon/Apple/Lime Shake, Dungesness Crab w/ Fennel & Orange, Poached Quince in Orange Blossom Water … is your mouth watering yet??? A wide range of delicious food peppered with eco-conscious tips and earth friendly alternatives – and it’s all pretty easy to make. Cooking good food doesn’t have to be complicated and Louisa’s food is a testament to simple & sophisticated dishes.
After featuring her recipe for Cucumber & Pomegranate Salad on my blog, Louisa sent me a thank you email [much to my surprise] and gladly obliged to answer a few questions for the blog. Through our email conversations, I learned that she lives in my old home of Williamsburg [Brooklyn] – which made me like her even more! Here is what she had to say ….