I’ve been thinking a lot about family and the family of friends I’ve built up through this short time on this planet and this long life of a food blog.
It’s been an emotional week in Maggie-land, for so many reasons, but one very powerful one is the outpouring of support and generosity you have all shown by offering to help test recipes for my forthcoming cookbook, Food Gift Love.
Each of the couple hundred emails felt like a little bit of a squeeze, a hug from a faraway place. You wrote from all over the United States, Canada and up and down Europe. In fact, I was thrilled to hear from so many readers in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Italy — thank you for wanting to help us perfect every single recipe. Oh, and can I visit please?
The wave of love reminded me of this dinner on a lake last summer.
It was a mashup of my family of friends – from the folks at Brooklyn Brewery whom I had always just loved to the Brasstacks super club whom I’d collaborated with on a project; from the event designers and floral ladies known as Foret Design (or Rose and Erin to me!) to the superior photographer Heidi Murphy and her super sweet Mother, a woman who easily charmed us all; and, to the total strangers at Lowell’s Boat Shop who shared my bench, we left as good friends who promised to dine together someday soon, but really, we had become some extended family. When you break bread, especially long boards of funky breads, you just do.
Family is really all around, and my family of friends fill this blog space and my heart every single day. No lie.
Thanks to Heidi’s beautiful work, there’s this wonderful story that weaves through these gorgeous photos, and I hope you hear it in each frame. It’s not loud or fussy, it’s just there. I’m not going to say anymore – just go listen.
Oh, if anyone ever wants to craft a picnic-style dinner somewhere pretty, count me in – after all, we’re family now.
Oh, and thank you.
Photos taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.
Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.