I left a lot of dear friends in Oakland when I moved to New York, and one such friend, David, had every intention of going to the Ghost Ship on Friday night, the night a horrifically powerful fire blazed through. Instead, though, he decided to stay home and make Sablés Viennois. This is not in any way surprising for David to do—he’d make prickly pear gelato for barbecues, and gougères and passion fruit macarons for potlucks with our friends.
As he put it, staying home to bake Laudurée’s cookies “literally saved my life.” Amidst such shock, pain, and fragility, it's easy to fall numb, but there can be bright spots—of people helping others heal, of coming together, in their own ways. David is baking his “life saving cookies” and all proceeds will go to the Gray Area Fire Relief Fund.