The actual summer is over, gone, dunzo. This we know. And so, we felt the need to shine a little light on our very own Summer of Eggplant, whose bountiful trail on Food52 spans all seasons. A lighting designer located in Atlanta, GA, here's a cook with particularly identifiable style: like Bouchon, restaurant home to her favorite cookbook, her food is pristinely casual. Her repertoire is chic but accessible (see her recipe for Lettuce Wraps or Maryland Style Boiled Peanuts, pictured above), much like we imagine the cook herself to be.
And her blog of the same name, Summer of Eggplant, confirms our hunch. "A food map of memories," as she charmingly describes it, the blog contains a lovely roll of photographs and entries which narrate her life as noted through food. It makes sense: each of her recipes has a story. Take Tuna Croquetta with Smoked Paprika Aioli, which she invented on the fly for a friend's wedding shower one summer. And her affection for 'overly pampered cheeses' (great turn-of-phrase, no?) further reiterates her signature sensibility. So, to you, Summer of Eggplant, here's to many, many wheels of luxurious fromage.