I walked out in the garden this morning,
Sun warming my head and arms,
And the green pigeon peas.
A breath of legume scent teased out by that sun,
Brought them to my attention.
Picked a handful, then two.
Dropped into boiling salted water
For 10 minutes or so, cooled in a colander,
Shelled - lifted from their
Plump nurturing pods, some
Kissed a bit brown by that sun.
Suitable now for our salad,
Or pigeon peas 'n pasta
With basil and tomato.
.... C. Riley
Cook the Books Club pick, Sustenance & Desire, an anthology of poems, essays and various excerpts, loosely associated with food, edited with paintings by Bascove. I would give the book mixed reviews. Overall a bit uneven in quality and interest. Some of the poems mystifying, some mediocre and several excellent, of course all in my humble opinion. Among the essay selections, I enjoyed a few, some were okay and a number of others could be done without entirely; for instance the piece on cannibalism. Did you know that:
"The Aztec cared intensely how they ate people and also who they ate, when, and where."Not particularly appetizing. That said however, her art alone was worth the book purchase. I tried to find any Bascove paintings on ebay, but none were available. Must all be in private collections or museums.