Licking the Spoon with Candace Walsh: The Home Hour Episode 12

the kitchen hour podcast candace walshFinally!

After a hiatus, The Kitchen Hour Podcast is back. In the intro to today’s episode I gave a little explanation of my “break” – and a peep at the exciting things ahead. So glad to be back!

Today’s guest is Candace Walsh, author of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity.

Candace and I chatted about everything from love and marriage to kids with finicky palates, and especially her book, which tells the tale of a young woman coming of age via the cookbooks she most identified with at different stages of her life.

Please click the “play” button at the bottom of the post to listen in your browser, or you can download on iTunes.

Here are some links to some books and authors Candace and I discussed during the podcast:

(note: all Amazon links are affiliates. If you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.)

  • Candace mentions Daniel Boulud having an influence on her cooking as a young married woman. His most recent book is Daniel: My French Cuisine.
  • When we chatted, Candace was enjoying the friendship through diversity represented in Jerusalem: A Cookbook

As promised, here is “that” picture of Candace that was, um, defaced at a Trader Joe’s. (Followed by one of her eight years older, but looking years younger!)

candace walsh

And here’s a link to the essay Candace wrote about her Trader Joe’s photo (the essay ended up on the Huffington Post, after all.)

An excerpt:

“Until I was waiting in line for the restroom at Trader Joe’s. On the wall: a bulletin board with photographs of happy customers. One: a vaguely familiar mother with a baby in a sling, wearing an ugly calico nursing shirt. The baby was pulling her hair. Her toddler was doing her best to fall out of the wagon, as she reached for a glass jar. The woman looked run-down and frumpy, but she was smiling gamely for the camera.

Oh. My. God.

That woman was me.”

 Here are some other places you can find Candace online:

And last but not least, one of Candace’s favorite recipes – a super-fresh salad featuring lots of textures and flavors, with a homemade vinaigrette.

Kimber’s Vinaigrette and Salad

Yield: 6–8 servings Salad

About 6 cups mixed greens

1 avocado, sliced

1 ruby red grapefruit, halved, pieces segmented out from the membranes (do this step over the bowl of greens so that the juices drip in)

Vinaigrette Dressing

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 ∕3 cup balsamic vinegar

1–2 tablespoons tamari

1 tablespoon grainy or Dijon mustard

1 clove minced garlic

Add all ingredients to 1-quart mason jar or other sealable container. Shake, taste, add more vinegar if desired. (I add a squirt of honey and salt and pepper, too.) Kimber got this recipe from her first husband’s dad, her son’s grandpa Will.

I hope you enjoy my chat with Candace! I’d love to hear what you think of this podcast, and what kind of interviews you’d like to hear in future ones.

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  1. I’ve enjoyed your podcast and am glad to see you’re back! Some of my favorite podcasts have been the ones with Gretchen Rubin and Tsh Oxenreider. I would love to hear a podcast with Jenny Rosenstrach (of Dinner: A Love Story). And I have no idea if this is possible, but I’d love to hear one with Alexander McCall Smith — I love how he writes from a female perspective in both the Mma Ramotswe and Isabel Dalhousie novels. Particularly in the Isabel Dalhousie novels, I love the description of her home life. I’d also love to hear one with Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs (of Food52).

  2. I love that you are back! What a great interview with Candace. Can’t wait to read her book. And thanks for the recipe! Candace briefly mentioned Mollie Katzen who I absolutely love. She inspires me to this day — any chance you two could chat? That would be a real treat! And keeping with the cookbook theme, what about Laurel Robertson from “Laurel’s Kitchen”–the “eat real food” cookbook that was ahead of it’s time. Would love to know what path she has taken since that book was written and if she is still vegetarian.

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