I posted recently about how writing a novel can help us stretch beyond our comfort zones. In writing about characters who are passionate about cooking, I unearthed my own desire to learn Argentine cuisine.
Growing up as the first-generation American of Argentine parents, I only learned how to cook a few basic dishes. Still, from a handful of visits to the homes of Argentine relatives and numerous visits to local restaurants for Argentine expatriates, I’ve grown a fondness for certain foods.
So, I’m taking the lead from a character in my work in progress. In 2012, I’ll be making a new dish every couple of weeks. “Prepare yourself,” I told my husband and children. “We’ll be eating Argentine meals regularly.” And the cheering resounded throughout the house. Continue reading