As you may or may not know, I love Susan Branch. She is an artist, a writer, a mother of cats, a wife (I think!), a partner at least, a cook, a traveler, and generally an all-round modern Renaissance woman. IMO.
I subscribe to Susan’s blog, and the one that came in my mailbox today (my E-mailbox, that is) is so wonderful that I wanted to share it with you:
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This whole blog is almost entirely about her stove. You wouldn’t think that a simple appliance like a stove could fill up a long and beautifully decorated blog page such as this one is, but it has…. and it’s a really fun read!
If you are not already on Susan’s mailing list for her blog, why not try it out? She publishes this page only about every couple or three weeks, so it’s not like you’d be getting inundated with emails from her. And her blog entries are artistic masterpieces, to boot – eye candy – food for the soul as well as the tummy!
I do not have her “Autumn” cookbook as yet. I did buy a couple of her other cookbooks and love them both. I also love her travel book about her trip across the ocean, by ship, to England and her month spent there, writing, painting, and eating her way around that beautiful real estate.
But this entry, which is all about her beloved stove, just makes me smile from ear to ear. With every scroll down the page, with each new view of this antique gem that she uses every day at her home on Martha’s Vineyard, a sunny warmth emanated from her page out into my very soul. It’s all good. It’s a good thing, as Martha would say.
Susan isn’t Martha, and although I do love Martha for her special professorial presentation of cooking and the living of the good life, there is just something a little more personal and “girlfriend-like” about Susan. She refers to her readers as her girlfriends, but you men out there who might be reading this now, go take a look anyway. Men can enjoy beautiful writing, painting, and food just as much as we ladies can!
I really liked the part where Susan talked about when the electric power goes out on a cold winter night, she will cook something in her wonderful old stove which will, thereby, warm up the kitchen nicely – she’ll close off the doors to the room (who has doors to the kitchen anymore? well, Susan and Joe do) and the smell of dinner cooking and the warmth emanating from her old stove is enough to make you want to hop the ferry out to her house for a visit!
Cheers for the artists of the world who like to share!
Bex & Paul & Kip & Em
P.S. This video of scenes from England & Scotland is pure beauty!
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