Jake & Sam. In spite of our names, we are actually two women. In fact, we’re mother and daughter.
Jake (Jacqueline) is the mom, and lives half the year in San Francisco, the other in the South of France.
Sam (Samantha) is the daughter, and lives in San Francisco with her own family in a cottage separated by a courtyard from the house that Jake lives in with her husband, Brad.
Got it? Good.
Jake has been cooking for over fifty years. She got an early start growing up in South Africa when she reasoned that food had to taste better than the waterlogged veggies and gray meat that (dis)graced the family table every evening. When she left South Africa for Europe in the 60’s, she discovered the miracle of Elizabeth David and the country cooking of France and Italy. Through a combination of luck and pluck, doors opened to restaurant kitchens that Ms. David had mentioned in her books. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Sam is a wedding and lifestyle photographer, not naturally inclined to spend a great amount of time in the kitchen. She is, however, the perfect person to try out her mother’s recipes: She loves feeding her family delicious food, and is constantly looking to expand her cooking repertoire.
This journal chronicles – in words and pictures – the story of two women’s passion for good, simple food: Jake shares what she’s learned over the years through trial and error (and occasional moments of insight); Sam offers the point of view of the novice – willing and eager to learn, but in need of some guidance.
A mother and daughter, cooking together. Sometimes side by side, other times via email and Skype – the modern day equivalent of making dinner while following Julia Child on TV.