This podcast episode is a companion to “Issue #92: Healing Grief Through Food with Hetty McKinnon.”
Few people understand the healing qualities of food better than cookbook author Hetty McKinnon. All of her cookbooks are deeply personal and her latest, Tenderheart (out today), serves as an ode to her father, who she lost as a teenager, through vegetables.
When I spoke to her recently, she told me, “Food is the way I make sense of my life and the things I’ve experienced and seen and gone through.” Writing the recipes in this cookbook allowed her to consider the impact her father—who brought crates of fruits and vegetables home from his job—had on her, while celebrating his life and legacy. I spoke to Hetty about healing through food, the importance of chile oil, and how food can connect us to our cultures and each other.
Thanks for listening! This is one of my favorite issues ever and includes two of Hetty’s recipes—you can access the original here.