There are books that I reach for when I'm feeling exhausted and in need of a little comfort. Home Cooking and More Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin are those books for me. I read them for the first time so long ago that I couldn't tell you how old I was, though it was definitely before I hit my twenties. As a New Yorker and a home cook, they touched me on many different levels. Colwin wrote of places that I had been to and people who were amazingly similar to the ones I knew. Her approach to coking was casual, and yet, the food was thoughtful and she understood why people ate. It's not as though hunger is the only thing that drives us, or at least not physical hunger. The books are entertaining and inspiring and written in this friendly, matter of fact tone that is implicitly hers. Every time I open them it's like visiting an old friend, one I've never met in person. They are books that make me happy and one day I hope to write something that will make someone, who I'll never meet, happy too.