Labor of Love"
How It All Began…
Spinach...Who would have thought that my interest
in such an unimposing leafy green would turn into a hobby
of recipe collecting? Perhaps "hobby" is too mild a word…"passion"
sounds more like it.
When I was a young schoolgirl back in the 60's, it seemed
as if every time the school maintenance crew cut the grass
on the playground, the cafeteria ladies served spinach
in the lunchroom.Often times while daydreaming in class,
I would be snapped back to reality by the mechanical buzzing
of the lawnmowers...and sure enough, I knew my lunchtime
fate had been sealed.
My passion for spinach began in 1972 at my favorite restaurant
du jour. After much persuasion by a dining companion,
I was coerced into ordering Oysters Rockefeller as an
appetizer. The thought of actually eating an oyster was
sobering enough, but to cover it with spinach, well the
very mention of it brought back less than fond memories.
However, I soon realized from that first bite that I was
Thousands of Spinach Recipes?
Somehow in my passion for collecting, I forgot to keep
track of just how many recipes were in my collection.
A few years ago, I started digging them out of desk drawers,
file cabinets, old handbags, coat pockets, and those that
were stuffed between the pages of old cookbooks. I filled
several boxes and started the sorting process. Originally,
I created seventy-four categories because there were so
many to be organized. Next, I had to narrow those categories
down to only eight. No small task indeed.
I would buy cookbooks just to read through the spinach
recipes. Friends would send newspaper clippings my way
along with spinach recipes cut from food packages. I even
found hand-scribbled notes everywhere with elusive origins.
One day I found a recipe with "special keepsake" written
on it, yet I had forgotten for which special sake it was
being kept! Recipes started pouring in from all over the
United States and several foreign countries like England,
Australia, Germany, Italy, Greece and Africa. How so many
people learned of my passion and collection still remains
a mystery to this day.
One thing I know for sure: the
versatility of this nutritious and delicious vegetable
is beyond comparison. There are thousands of ways to enjoy
spinach, and the "best of the best" have been painstakingly
selected from my vast archives and presented to you in
this Collector's Edition "i love SPINACH" Cookbook.
Burgundy L. Olivier