Thursday, December 4, 2008

What do you feed an author?

Spaghetti? Chicken? Pizza? Bee-bim bop?
Not too long ago, my family and I were totally thrilled to have picture book writer Sandra Horn over for dinner. After all, she was flying all the way from England to Korea.

I’d like to say she came all that way to visit little old me, but she didn’t. My school joined up with a number of other international schools to pay for Sandra’s flight, accommodations, as well as speaking arrangements so she could chat about books. (My personal favorite topic.)

So of course, when I heard Sandra was coming, I invited her over for dinner.
But that leads me to the terrible, stomach growling question. What was I going to feed Sandra and her husband? After all, what do you feed a picture book writer?

I considered the formal chinaware. But that’s not really my style. My kids suggested mac and cheese (the cheesiest kind). Hmm... sounded a little too informal.

In the end, I went for my signature recipes: balsamic grilled chicken, creamy veggie pasta, salad, and herb bread. Italian night in Korea!

The dinner all ended up fabulously as we invited some friends over and made a little party of it. And guess what we talked about? Books of course! Heaven.

So if you came to visit me here in Korea and I had to cook a dinner for you, what would you want on the dinner menu?


Kimbra Kasch said...

Oh, I might want to try some local cuisine. But I also might want pizza or a hamburger. I'm a cheap date. Plus, my husband doesn't like hamburgers so much - and any excuse I can get to have one - yummmmm...

Christina Farley said...

Then it's bee-bim bop for you! It's a really yummy Korean dish and cheap. Perfect!

Unknown said...

That sounds like so much fun! Wish I could have been there...

Had I been in Korea, I think I would have gone with something cultural--but that's just me, wanting to experience new things. (What IS bee-bim bop, anyway? :)

Had it been not a foreign location, I think I'd like to go super formal--because I have only ever had the chance to use my formal china twice in my life, and I'd love to be able to break out into something like that.

Kimbra Kasch said...

Okay Christina, next time I'm in your neck of the woods ;-)

It's bee-bim bop - just the sound of that makes me feel cozy, kinda like comfort food.

Rena Jones said...

Sounds like it was a fun night!