Food Poetry Party Recap

Food Poetry Party

Food Poetry Party

What a gift.

Things that are true often become cliche, but here we go. The best present is presence. And you all came out in droves on Wednesday to the food poetry party to celebrate the launch of The Food Poet!

Poetry and food make good bedfellows. This belief funneled the move to go wholeheartedly into sharing adventures as The Food Poet and make the transition from La Vie en Route. What I expected from the party of the occasional poem or recipe as “housewarming” gifts snowballed into those gifts giving the goodness of life and spirit that poetry imbues in its readers.

My, oh my, how the party really spoke to folks around the world as it elicited comments like:

“I love this- poems and cookbooks combined!!”

“I love reading all these- so fun!”

“I love all the food poetry being posted.”

Isn’t this the secret, though, of a good poem or story? I see it as a gift, of winding together the personal and the universal so that my story links into your story. So, thank you. If I could send each of you jars of handmade jam as our party favors, I would. The best parties are the ones that involve you.

Read on in the first section for a list of folks who either created their own recipes inspired by poems or shared poems and feedback. Section two includes all the lovely party-goers who shared poems at the party. What delicious words!

Angela at Far and Wise shared “Kitchenette Building” by Gwendolyn Brooks & a recipe for Quick Pickled Onions

Charissa at Zest Bakery shared “Peach” by D.H. Lawrence & a recipe for Dandy Pluot Sorbet Topped Peach Shortcakes (gluten free)

Jean at Gluten Free Doctor shared “The Word Plum” by Helen Chasin & a recipe for Plum Cobbler (gluten free)

Jo at Jo Boston is a Foodie shared an original poem

Johanna at Low Sodium Blog shared an announcement  about The Food Poet (and some other very nice words & sentiments. I’m really touched.)

Michael at Food for the Thoughtless shared an original poem “I Won’t Eat Kale” and a snippet of cocktail poetry by Dorothy Parker

Sean at Hedonia shared “Mushrooms” by Sylvia Plath


Alison of McQuade’s Chutney shared a chutney poem by anon

Amy of Wine Book Girl shared “The Egg Had Frozen, an Accident” by Jane Hirshfield

Ariel at Cakesharing shared “The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost

Beth at OMG Yummy! shared an original poem called “Savory”

Brona shared a quote from P.J. O’Rourke

Carina Ost shared “Ode to an Onion” by Erica Jong

Dawn shared a recipe for her grandmother’s berry jam

Evan of Wannabe Chef shared a snippet of “Concession” by R.S. Thomas

Faith of Blog Appetit shared the snippet of a poem on beans

Gabi of Brokeass Gourmet shared “This is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams

Gene Soboleski of Accountability shared “Charge of the Light Brigade”

Glenn shared a recipe for Beer Can Chicken & a snippet of Bukowski

Greg of Sippity Sup shared lyrics from the musical Oliver!

Heather of Heather in SF shared an original poem about Pho

Jeff shared from “Axe Handles” by Gary Snyder

Katie shared “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

Katy at Hikers Do It for the View shared a haiku and pumpkin chocolate bread photo

Kaye of Gastronomique en Vogue shared “If You Forget Me” by Pablo Neruda

Mary Fran Wiley of Frannycakes shared “Envirez-Vous” by Baudelaire

Melanie shared a chef she admires, Anthony Bourdain

Michele shared a chef she admires, Gordon Ramsay

Penni Wisner shared “The Traveling Onion” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Rona of Today I Wrote Nothing shared a snippet of a poem by Vladimir Holan

Sam of The Second Lunch shared a dedication by Elizabeth Bishop to Frank Bidart in the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

Susie of Nutty Fig shared literary food of a “Melty cheese Eudora Welty quesadilla”

Tess at The Blender Girl shared “The Guest House” by Rumi

Virginia at The Perfect Spot shared “Osso Buco” by Billy Collins


  1. I thoroughly enjoyed all the poems. Who knew so many people wrote odes to food? I had no idea!! I’m just sorry I didn’t have a famous and/or serious one to contribute 🙂 woot!! Welcome to your new “home” Madame Food Poet!!!!

  2. Hey dude, I didn’t get a chance to submit my recipe! (since I guess I fall into the “writer” category…snicker, chuckle.)

    When it comes to food I tend to go for basic ingredients, fast prep, low difficulty, good taste. It helps when you’re on a ship in 10 foot seas trying to put together dinner for a grumpy cold wet crew.

    The below is a Pac-Northwest / Mexico fusion that everyone usually loves:

    Salmon quesadilla:
    – Take tortilla
    – Add cheese (we usually go with colby jack) to half of tortilla and warm until cheese is melted. (careful not to burn the tortilla)
    – Add arugula (AKA rocket in some places) to the other half of the tortilla. Add slices of smoked salmon meat to the rocket. Close tortilla and continue to warm, flipping the quesadilla to avoid burning it.
    – After about an additional minute or so on the pan, serve. Normal person takes about 2-3 for a meal.

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