“Love” gets thrown around a lot. Especially with food, which tends to elicit visceral reactions akin to those brought about by a first kiss, the swelling of violins, a whole lot of fireworks going off at once. We toss the word into a sentence, pair it with a mediocre dish, and say we love this thing, that one, the other stuff. I love cheese. I love avocados. I love salt-cured fish. It’s undeniable, however, that the act of food preparation does beget something like the warm fuzzies generally associated with love. Love gets mixed into the dry ingredients, and rises up in affectionate greeting from the fragrant finished dish. As an example: from the number of appearances they’ve made in my life, it’s safe to say that chocolate chip cookies and I are involved. They’ve appeared at times of crisis and joy, sometimes giving me exactly what I want, sometimes leaving me disappointed. But do I love chocolate chip cookies? Like them? Like like them? The word choice is mere nuance. Words are just a substitute for what we feel, and taste.
Jacqueline at the Dusty Baker is thinking about love, and this leads her, inevitably, to chocolate chip cookies. On her birthday, the day when you can revel in your own lovability, she finds love in the people around her and in her gluten-free version of Cook’s Illustrated chocolate chip cookies . So, happy birthday, Jacqueline! We wish you many more years of love and cookies.
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