Food in its Birthday Suit

This blog post is for you if any of the following pertains to you-

1. You say the word organic far too many times in one day.

2. You prefer to buy food in season even when the tomatoes are calling your name from the grocery aisle in late December and oversize strawberries scare you.

3. You fantasize that you just may have lived in a castle at one point in your  previous life.  Why else would you buy rugs with holes in them and portraits of people you do not know.

Axel Voorvordt’s Home



4. Your fridge is more empty than stacked and you have signs like this stuck to it.


















5. You have a great love for plants but most likely do not consume a great amount of food that was made in a plant.

6. You have a farm to table, non GMO , or food porn Pinterest page- ( My apologies for using the word porn but the photos of blackberry homemade gelato are slightly thrilling  )















7. You have a small backyard garden but collect photos like this.


If you answered yes to any of the above this cook book will be one of your favorites.


At Home with May and Axel Vervoordt: Recipes for Every Season is the cook book du jour for me. May Vervoordt, does not mention any of the popular jargon about organic  that we see in so many cook books on the shelves today. Hers is an elegant and classic approach. I should take a hint from her-The proof is the pudding isn’t it? This book is as pure as her food choices and delightful as her table settings.

The unpretentious, real, thoughtful and simple recipes of May Vervoordt are almost too good to be true. She pairs them with table settings that appear simple and timeless yet result from a life time of collecting and pairing food to moments. It is a must have. We get a rare chance to get a sneak peek into some of the worlds most artistic and extremely discreet couple. Community and food prevail. I can not imagine a more surreal existence living from a garden and cooking with fresh food daily and enjoying people for hours on end.. I doubt anyone brings their cell phones to these dinners! How glorious.





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Turnips with Herb oil


Dining with the Vervoordts

3 thoughts on “Food in its Birthday Suit

    1. ruthiesommers Post author

      Thank you so much! I can say connecting and discovering other people and their blogs has been the best part of this experience . I am gun shy of Facebook outside of pushing my sky activist change.orgs on unsuspecting people. But now I can get a taste if the blogger world and I truly enjoy it. Keep up your great work and I will too try to solve my writers block- and congrats!!


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