A friend recently sent us a copy of Celebrating Radical Hospitality, the new cookbook from Hedgebrook, the women writers’ retreat on Whidbey Island, and it’s even more inspiring than the usual new cookbook. It doesn’t just make me want to cook more, it makes me want to write, it makes me want to retreat to a beautiful island all by myself and just eat and write and eat and hike and write.

But for now, I will just cook and pretend, as I eat these beautiful galettes — delicata with caramelized onion and ricotta filling on a cornmeal crust above; poached pear and frangipane below — that I am at Hedgebrook. The cookbook is transporting that way.


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