I have never been moved to tears by a cookbook before. After reading Ceyenne Doroshow’s personal foreword in the beginning of her cookbook, I felt like I personally knew her and felt empathetic for her life’s tribulations.
Ms. Doroshow learned to cook from her grandfather, a head chef at Copacabana restaurant in New York, and from watching Julia Child on TV. She also cooked on her own during adolescence and later while working at a bar for older LGBT folks. She even improved the food while living in a homeless shelter and later in prison. Cooking became a form of creation, rebellion, survival, and escape, as well as a way to care for others. Much like in life, Ceyenne can create something wonderful with limited resources.“And there was not much to work with, but I knew I could turn small things into miracles,” she writes.
In her cookbook, Ceyenne shares both personal and culinary experiences with the world. Ms. Doroshow is a survivor and an inspiration whose voice shines through the pages. Though I have read through a large number of cookbooks, I have never come across one as honest and dynamic as this.