The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage was put together by a couple of friends: some two dozen writers musing on food and family, and their connections. The book was very well received, winning several honors, being included in 5 Second Rule's favorite cookbooks of the year, the Vancouver Sun's best cookbooks of 2013, and Good Food Revolution's best food memoirs of 2013. For my essay I chose to write a humorous obsession about my lifelong obsession with candy.
"It’s not the kind of compulsion that can be cured at the drugstore. Whatever physic you might find at the pharmacy and drop in your little red handbasket is undone completely by the time you reach the checkout. Right there beneath the registers, four feet high and spanning the length of the room, is the candy rack of all candy racks, a magical panorama splayed before you, positioned at the level of gut and groin, where the brain traditionally bows out of decision-making. You’re six feet away, then five, then four, sleepwalking now..." —The Sweet Life, essay by Keith Blanchard