What do you draw inspiration from? I draw inspiration from my Mom. My mother is an incredible cook. She has always known how to make something from nothing. She was masterful at putting dinner on the table without going to the grocery store. She taught me to buy what's in season, get good at making soup, and that one should never, ever buy salad dressing at the supermarket. I draw inspiration from whatever is fresh and what needs using up in my pantry and fridge. Certainly I have some well-loved cookbooks and some daily reads from other bloggers. And I live for the monthly delivery of SAVEUR, which I've been reading since I was a teenager. But I rarely clip recipes or determine to follow one exactly. I think everything I read and see just marinates and when I'm in front of the stove with some softening squash, wilted herbs, and some ricotta that's about to turn, it becomes something. I don't think that's very helpful to my readers, so In Praise of Leftovers is my attempt to explain that process.