I don't know why I checked out Two For The Road days after giving up restaurants for Lent. Best-selling Roadfood authors Jane and Michael Stern have me salivating on every page. This book is more memoir than food guide, but the story behind their quest is as delicious as their descriptions. At least I can live vicariously through their 12 meals a day!
The Sterns' descriptions did prod me into whipping up a traditional Sunday dinner at home: chicken and dumplings, stewed tomatoes with leeks, peas with pimento and mushrooms. Perfectionism has always kept me from setting a Sunday table and inviting guests. I forced myself to use this yard sale tablecloth without starching it first. If I hold myself to impossible standards, I'll never get in the habit of hospitality.