Allegra Goodman Quote

Richard had sold Gillian's piano. He'd offered to ship it out to California, but neither Jess nor Emily played. Emily had quit her lessons at Streets of Laredo and Jess only got as far as The Teddy Bears' Picnic. They had Gillian's jewelry, but she hadn't collected much. She had never liked necklaces or earrings. In fact, she'd never pierced her ears. She'd preferred a rosebush or two for her birthday, or a standing mixer.This is very sticky dough, she would tell Emily as she rolled it out. It's very difficult to work with this dough, because it's so short. You see? She dusted the rolling pin and board with more flour and rolled briskly, as if to tame the stiff pastry, which she then cut into circles with an overturned teacup, or filled with honeyed poppy seeds, or spread into a glass pan to bake a cake with luscious prunes, their sweetness undercut with lemon. Nothing too sweet. That was the secret. Gillian said as much to Emily in her Sixteenth Birthday letter. 'Don't doctor recipes. More is less, and sugar will only get you so far.

Allegra Goodman

Richard had sold Gillian's piano. He'd offered to ship it out to California, but neither Jess nor Emily played. Emily had quit her lessons at Streets of Laredo and Jess only got as far as The Teddy Bears' Picnic. They had Gillian's jewelry, but she hadn't collected much. She had never liked necklaces or earrings. In fact, she'd never pierced her ears. She'd preferred a rosebush or two for her birthday, or a standing mixer.This is very sticky dough, she would tell Emily as she rolled it out. It's very difficult to work with this dough, because it's so short. You see? She dusted the rolling pin and board with more flour and rolled briskly, as if to tame the stiff pastry, which she then cut into circles with an overturned teacup, or filled with honeyed poppy seeds, or spread into a glass pan to bake a cake with luscious prunes, their sweetness undercut with lemon. Nothing too sweet. That was the secret. Gillian said as much to Emily in her Sixteenth Birthday letter. 'Don't doctor recipes. More is less, and sugar will only get you so far.

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About Allegra Goodman

Allegra Goodman (born 1967) is an American author based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her most recent novel, The Chalk Artist, was published in 2017. Goodman wrote and illustrated her first novel at the age of seven.