A Big Storm Knocked It Over:
by Laurie Colwin
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Long before I had any idea that Laurie Colwin was a food writer, I loved her writing about food. I discovered it not in the articles she wrote for Gourmet and other magazines, starting in the ’80s, but in her fiction, each volume of which, if I may borrow one of her titles, is another marvelous thing. They’ve been a part of my life for so long now, in steady rotation on my bedside table and in my brain, that I can’t remember when I read my first one, or even which one it was.
What I do remember, effortlessly, are the meals that animate them. In tales of domestic life, which is what Colwin’s are (in the best sense of that tradition), it’s the day-to-day particulars that provide all the depth. As she writes in a short story narrated by a peripatetic visitor to other people’s country homes, apartments, and
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