Cookbook author Rozanne Gold has built a reputation on her ingenious use of just a few ingredients to create fantastic, flavorful food. Now she puts this simple theory of cooking into action on a daily basis, as mother of a teenaged daughter, Shayna.
Mother’s Day 2008 was a very special holiday for Rozanne—one that she experienced with both great loss and poignant gain: Her mother died the previous year, so this was her first Mother’s Day without her mom. And it was her first Mother’s Day with Shayna, whom she adopted with her husband, noted restaurateur and food consultant Michael Whiteman.
“Through a family friend we learned this beautiful girl was in need of a new home, a new family. I feel as if my mother sent her to me,” Rozanne says.
Aside from finding an immediate place in Rozanne’s and Michael’s hearts, Shayna wasted no time carving out her niche in the family kitchen as well.
“Shayna has a great love for cooking and is already a talented and inventive chef. She’s a natural and is spending as much time in the kitchen as possible,” says Rozanne, herself a three-time winner of the James Beard Award and author of nearly a dozen cookbooks. And the mother-daughter team quickly got to work on Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs (Bloomsbury, 2009).
Here are some simple recipes the Gold-en Girls developed for their first Mother’s Day celebration together.
By David Feder, a food writer in Buffalo Grove, Ill.