The poetry of place and the hum of domestic life and all of its associations—family, food and home—are what inspire my writing. I try to live by the words of Emily Webb in the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder: “Do human beings ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?” Writing, like a photograph or experiencing an old building from another era, is a way of capturing a moment in time—a way to blend past and present for the future.

“Unlike the sterile Victorian workrooms and their even smaller successors, today’s kitchen—whether large or small—is the deliberate center of the American home…According to a 2005 National Association of Home Builders survey, walk-in pantries are the most requested feature in kitchens today. Perhaps it is the popular return of home cooking and baking. Perhaps it stems from the 1990s trend of nesting and stockpiling for the ‘new millennium,’ world disaster, or a cozy blizzard. Perhaps it is because a good pantry makes sense.”

From The Pantry—Its History and Modern Uses
by Catherine Seiberling Pond
Gibbs Smith, Publisher—2007


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