LAST DESSERTS

Natalie

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Name: Natalie Cohen

What city were you born in?  New York, New York

Decade born? 1980's 

Three things you remember most from the first decade of your life?

1. Summer trips to Israel to visit grandparents of both of my parents.

2. Playing in Central Park.

3. Peeing my pants from laughing so hard.

What is the dessert?  

Pomegranate

Who would you want to eat this dessert with ?

My brothers, my boyfriend, my dog who died, my grandmothers and my the children who are nearest and dearest to me in my life.

Where would you eat this dessert?

I would like to eat it in a warm sunny environment either leaning on some rocks on a beautiful mountain with a blue view or in the north of Brazil on the beach .

What comes to your mind when I say the word Food?  

My mother, who blessed me and my siblings with her magic touch.

Profession:

 Mover, Teacher, Language specialist.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

My late grandmother Naomi would always tell me to "laugh at everything" - to take life lightly.

Favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

My good knife!

Favorite Quote: 

Life is like the body. Sometimes you need to move in new ways for the pain to go away -yung pueblo

Where do you see yourself in 20 years ?

Maybe living in some community teaching, dancing, mothering, swimming in oceans, cooking yummy food.

Three most important things in your life?

1. My family

2. My Love

3. My health

Sandrine

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Name: Sandrine Van Slee

Decade you were born? 1960's

Where were you born?  Island of Curacao, Dutch Netherlands, Antilles

Three things you remember from the first decade of your life?

1. I remember our summers in Italy on the Adriatic Coast and eating the Italian donuts with apricot jam inside and powdered sugar.  I have a picture with sugar all over my face.

2. Being with my Grandmother and baking her butter cake together. I remember asking her secret in making it and she told me she always had all the ingredients at room temperature.  I also remember her making "children lattes" and all the smells in her house. 

3. Growing up we believed in St. Nicholas and didn't know my father was pretending. We would put our shoes by the fireplace before we'd go to sleep and leave water and cookies for the "white horse".  In the morning we'd run down and hope there was a gift in the shoes.  I remember when I finally realised it was my Mom and Dad pretending to be St. Nicholas because I had counted the cookies in our cookie jar and there had been eight cookies the night before ( minus the 2 on the plate for the white horse) and Christmas morning ten cookies were back in the jar!

What is the dessert? 

Dutch Apple Pie

Who would you want to eat this last dessert with and where?

I hope to eat it with all my good friends and family. I can't even say one person. I would just love to share it sitting somewhere cosy in one of the coffee shops outside on the canal in Amsterdam with boats and people going by.  

What comes to your mind when i say the word FOOD? 

Happiness, exploration, discovery and mouth-watering.

Profession:

Make up Artist and Fine Arts Painter

Best advice anyone has ever given you? 

 When I was considering to change my profession as a make up artist and become a reflexologist told me - an old friend said to me, "as long as you are in NYC you must always be a make-up artist!"  - it was the best advice. 

What is your favorite object  I can find in your kitchen? 

My Japanese teapot - I love making Earl Grey tea

What is your favorite quote?

"I belong to no religion, my religion is love and every heart is my temple."  - Rumi

Where do you see yourself in 20 years:

Definitely baking a Dutch apple pie for another 20 years.  Waking up to a sunny blue sky, ocean not too far away, and surrounded by the people and places that I love. To know that I lived a rich and satisfying life. To have loved and been loved.

The three  most important things in your life?

1. My Dutch passport

2. Organic produce

3. Paints and Brushes

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Name: Nathalie Stevens

What city were you born in?  Antwerp, Belgium

What decade where you born? 1980's 

Three things you remember most from the first decade of your life?

1. The house and garden of my Grandparents.

2. Books in the library.

3. The Chess Club. 

What is the dessert?  Meringata

Who would you want to eat this dessert with and where?  

With my husband at Cafe Converso in Bra, Italy. 

What comes to your mind when I say the word FOOD?

My kitchen - it's the place where I can create, experiment, make nice things and express my personality. I love to put food on the plate in a beautiful way - it's my creative outlet. 

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

Never compare yourself with other people- several people told me that - but a Chinese man named Clarance Watt who worked with my husband for years and years retold this to me recently when we had dinner in Hong Kong with him. 

Profession: 

Being Luna's mom and a wife. 

What is your favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

My pink ceramic bowls.

Favorite quote?

 "they didn't know it was impossible so they just did it."  - Mark Twain

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I hope I will have a really nice and close family. A family that feels like a clan - hanging together and with Luna and I having a very close relationship. It's really vague but I hope I'll have a project with healthy food. I feel like I want to do it. Maybe teaching children and mothers how to cook in a healthy way quickly. To give other people the possibility to cook healthy for their families. 

Three most important things in your life?

1. Friends and family

2. My kitchen

3. My books and writing in my journal 

Rachael

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Name:  Rachael Hoover Lekic

What city were you born in?  Indianapolis, Indiana

What decade where you born? 1980's 

Three things you remember most from the first decade of your life?

1. Madonna

2. The Beastie Boys

3. Being obsessed with my Carebear nightgown.

What is the dessert?  

Mixed berries with fresh whipped cream

Who would you want to eat this dessert with and why?  

With Denis my husband. I would say my brother who's an aspiring chef, but he'd critique everything and ruin it. 

Where would you want to eat this last dessert?

At home on the sofa with Frank Sinatra playing and Holdy (my dog) would have his own bowl of berries. 

What comes to your mind when I say the word FOOD?

Transformation. The ability to transform the mundane into the sacred. Something that nourishes the body and has the power to change everything from individuals to ecosystems. Simple yet powerful.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

You can make some of your best meals in the worst kitchens - my mom said that. 

Profession: 

Concepts Manager

What is your favorite object I can find in your kitchen?

Slow cooker

Favorite quote?

 "We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other" - Ernest Hemingway

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Hopefully with my husband and a whole bunch of our children who have grown and thrived. 

Three most important things in your life?

1. My family

2. Food

3. Time - having time to do what I want.

Guilia

 

Name: Giula Bertolino

Decade you were born? 1990's

Three things you remember most from that first decade of your life?

1. One of the strongest memories is when I came back from summer holiday and thieves had been in the house and everything was upside down.

 2. When I went to elementary school and would have tea time with my Grandmother. She would pick me up from school and take me to her house and we'd have tea with a Biscotti Novellino (a particular kind of cookie) while watching TV.

3. Being in the old house where I lived with my mother. There was a routine on Friday afternoons- the man would clean the house and I would sit on the white couch and I'd watch Cinderella - that was once a week that I got to do that. My mother didn't let us watch more TV than that.

What is the dessert?

Profiteroles

Who would you want to eat this last dessert with, where and why?  

With my boyfriend in my little apartment in the French Alps - that's where we go to hide if we want peace.  

When I say the word "food" what comes to mind? 

I would say enjoying and celebrating life with the ones you love.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given  you?

My English teacher in middle school strongly influenced me and on the last day of middle school she read a Scottish poem that said, "No matter what just follow your passions and what you want to do and don't worry about restraints of everyday life - follow your dreams."  

What is your job title?

Interpreter

What is your favorite thing I can find in your kitchen?  

A manual Hand Mixer - the result is different from an electric one.

What is your favorite quote?

My grandfather on my mothers side died when I was really young. Somehow he had this really strong impression on me. When i'm in doubt I always have this figure of my grandfather - how he behaved - always happy and generous with people. When I have a hard decision I think what would he do. I also like the word FINE - it's up to you how you read it. If you read it in English it means fine - everything is ok and in Italian it means - it's over - finished.  

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I don't know. It would be restrictive to know because then there wouldn't be possibilities.

The three most important things in your life?  

1. Personal goals

2. My sisters

3. My boyfriend