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Contributor Spotlight: Deborah Copaken Kogan and Paul Kogan

Deborah Copaken Kogan and Paul Kogan wrote our title essay,“The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage.”  Without giving away too much, I can tell you that theirs is the story of how their annual Cassoulet Day was created after a decade of marriage, and how a decade later, the painstaking, involved process of making cassoulet for their family and close friends has become a metaphor for the painstaking, involved process of making a long-term marriage work.  More

Contributor Spotlight: Lisa McNamara

When Caroline and I  started working on this project, one of the first stories I thought of was “Like Mom Never Made.”  Lisa McNamara is an amateur baker and an avocational writer who, I knew, had a moving and important story tell.  She was exactly the kind of writer we wanted to represent in our collection:  someone who might not cook or write about food for a living, but who had a profound story to tell about what food had meant in her life. Also, I had sampled a range of Lisa’s pies and baked goods. I knew she knew her stuff. More

Contributor Spotlight: Keith Blanchard

Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking when I approached Keith Blanchard about a piece for Cassoulet. I knew Keith in college, so, yes, I knew he was a funny guy. (Just take a look at some of his past pieces for HuffingtonPost,  like this one, or check out his twitter feed.) I also knew he was smart. And I knew he’d written a novel.  So I knew three things; funny, smart, writer.  That was a start. More