We asked Libbie Summers, author of Volume 12: Brown Sugar to answer a few questions about her cooking habits, holiday traditions and more.
SS: What's your earliest food memory?
LS: My grandmother, Lula Mae, made the best pork roast for Sunday suppers. She would hide two bottles of Double Cola in the way back part of her refrigerator for its preparation. She poured one over the roast and onions before they went into the oven. She drank the other while she prepared it. I was lucky enough to get to share the second Double Cola with her once when I was very young. The moment, the cold Double Cola and the roast I have never forgotten.
SS: Make the guest list of your dream dinner party (attendees can be living or deceased).
My late Grandmother Lula Mae, the entire Sedaris family...including The Rooster, Julia Child, Jon Stewart, Madonna and Elton John (seated next to each other).
SS: Which cookbooks couldn't you live without?
LS: I'm in the process of moving so I took the time to count how many cookbooks I had when we packed them up...I'm a little embarrassed to say the number was 267, and I couldn't live without any of them.
SS: Who is your food hero?
LS: Julia Child...for her cooking prowess, her intellect and her sassiness.
SS: What is your favorite way to use brown sugar?
LS: I find myself making a quick caramel sauce with brown sugar often. It makes for the best caramel cream cheese frosting I've ever tasted. I spread it over barely warm cinnamon rolls that are filled with brown sugar, a little cayenne pepper and loads of soft butter for a life changing breakfast.
SS: What's your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
LS: Before anyone eats, my family goes one by one around the table and says what they've been thankful for over the past year. The rule is no one can repeat what someone else has said, so everyone is screaming to go first! Two cousins also do a weigh-in before and after the meal, and there may be wagering involved with the results but I'd rather not say.