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Sheltering: Phyllis Grant is Cooking Her Way Through Quarantine

On this episode of Sheltering, Maris Kreizman speaks with Phyllis Grant about her new cookbook/memoir, Everything is Under Control, which uses recipes and meals to guide and document her and her family’s life. Grant talks about the recipes that are remaining constant even in this time (tomato sauces, tarts, salads, etc), and adjusting to the new normal. Grant’s favorite local bookstore is Mrs. Dalloways; please purchase Everything is Under Control through their website or through Bookshop.

From the episode:

Phyllis Grant: It’s been hard to read and hard to write. I did something for Esquire last week, it was sort of stream of consciousness, weepy, emotional—my weepy emotional self in the kitchen listening to my son cook. So thank you to Esquire for being open to that, and publishing my recipe from my book, cottage cheese pancakes. But my writing is sort of going down this “whoa, what is this” path, which is the style I often fall into when I write, but I think I would like to spend the next weeks writing like that and then paring it down, so it’s not too much of an emotional roller coaster.

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