Book Talk: Baking your way out of recession blues

Tue Dec 1, 2009 11:42pm EST
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - When Suzan Colon was laid off from her dream job as a magazine editor in New York, her mother came up with some advice that has led to the next chapter of her life -- "put up soup," or resort to fortifying foods.

Colon picked up her grandmother's recipe folder and started cooking everything from butter cookies to baked pork chops, realizing along the way that her grandmother had cooked her way through the Great Depression and other hard economic times.

"When in doubt, bake," she writes, finding that using food as an avenue to the past can help put life in perspective.

This realization turned her mood around about being laid off -- and inspired her first book, "Cherries In Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times," which was released this month.

Colon spoke to Reuters about cooking and writing:

Q: Did the loss of your job come as a shock?

A: "I was laid off in September 2008. When the economy started tanking I'd been the magazine business for the past 25 years and I knew the warning signs. In recessions people cut back and magazines, though wonderful, are they essential? I knew it was a definite maybe. But this recession has affected people in any type of job. I could have been a bartender or day trader."

Q: What got you into food?   Continued...