(I asked the Infinite Guest hosts a few questions about 2014. They answered. Here are Pati Jinich and Sally Swift from Big Appetites.)
Do you have one positive thing to say about 2014? If so, what is it?
PJ: This was the fastest paced year in the history of the universe. Don’t know if that is a positive thing?
SS: Prince — a reminder that people work quietly at times and still get a lot done.
Is there an episode of your podcast from 2014 that you would point to and say, “Here’s what the show is about” to a new listener?
PJ: Absolutely, the very first one on avocados.
SS: Our soup episode #7, because we both really do believe that you can see the essence of a person by the soup they eat, kind of like reading tea leaves. Food and life, inextricably linked.
Recommend one thing from this year. Can be a song, a movie, a restaurant, a book, another podcast, etc.
PJ: The Nordic Warrior Breakfast I learned to make early this year, it makes my weekday mornings shine: soaked & drained rolled oats, chopped green & red apples and almonds, blueberries, tons of cacao nibs, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds… eaten with any of your favorite milks, I have gone for almond.
SS: Arcadia by Lauren Groff, published in 2012. I am always behind. Truly one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I think about the protagonist, a gentle soul named Little Bit every single day. Can you imagine writing someone so fully formed that a grown woman now has an imaginary best friend? Now that’s a writer.
AND — a wonderfully smart, funny and utterly truthful article in the Washington Post by the critic Philip Kennicott called How To View Art. I laughed out loud – whoops LOL. He sums things up in five points for people to think about before they next step foot in a gallery. For example: “ Always shadow a docent tour before joining up. If the guide spends all his or her time asking you questions rather than explaining the art and imparting knowledge, do not waste your time.” Makes sense to me – is my opinion on art really better than someone who has actually studied the artist? I think not!