Welcome to Foodesigns. I'm Lisa Golden Schroeder & these are my personal, highly indulgent, and probably not so unique kitchen stories. I’m really looking forward to this fresh new year, full of dreaming and action. After 2 1/2 years of being consumed with writing a book I’m ready to turn my attentions to new projects…doing more writing, styling interesting foods in refreshing ways, exploring unfamiliar vistas & telling stories about people, events, & subjects that are totally new to me.
Of course I’m not abandoning Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table yet, my collaborative effort that hails from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It’s a new imprint that is a hybrid guide for foraging for wild mushrooms + a cookbook that finishes the journey from the hunt to the kitchen. If you're interested in paying serious (and somewhat educated) attention to mysterious fungi you stumble over in local woods and fields, you might find it an entertaining and truly useful resource. My co-authors, certified wild mushroom expert Michael Karns & brilliant photographer Dennis Becker, made the process of delivering a book of substance (over 300 pages with exceptional photography + more than 100 recipes) an extraordinary venture. It’ll be worth your while if you need some armchair inspiration for getting out in the woods this spring.
News flash! Untamed is a finalist in the Gourmand International Cookbook Awards…we’re up against five other mushroom books published last year in France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. The final prize will be awarded in Macao, China later this summer.
On an everyday note, professionally, I'm a hard-working cook, food writer, and food stylist for commercial photography. But in real life I'm generally lazy, so I specialize in low-tech recipes and hopefully simple, stylish food. Revisiting food memories, exploring the shadowy corners of food & culture, and cooking with family and friends makes for the most satisfying times at the table. The biggest compliment for me is that someone actually makes my recipes--or a photograph I styled makes them want to cook.
As a journal-keeper and secret doodler, trifling with food is just an accounting of some of my favorite kitchen experiments, food ideas I've been passionate about for years, or passing food fancies. I guess I've had a history of being a bit of a culinary dilettante (albeit well trained), leading to a fairly wide knowledge of lots of food history and cooking styles, but wisdom that's not always as deep as it probably should be. So I never stop learning.