It’s almost New Year’s, which is the perfect time to say that I’ve got a flash essay in Raw, otherwise known as volume 15, issue 4 of Meat for Tea: The Valley Review! The essay is structured as a recipe, although it’s not just about food: it’s about carrying on the traditions of people who would hate your guts. Basically, I guess it’s about family. (And yes, it is my family’s Hoppin’ John recipe.) “Hoppin’ John” is a pretty good fit for an issue built around the concept of Raw, even if I do say so myself, as shouldn’t.
From what I gather our Hoppin’ John is an unusual recipe: most people use rice. We don’t. And, as far as I know, we haven’t used rice since my great-grandmother’s time, if not before. So I make a hoppin’ john recipe she’d approve of, but I don’t think she’d approve of much else about me, at all.