Nicole Villeneuve, writer and editor of Paper and Salt, on Kerouac's back-pocket recipes.
Crêpes with maple syrup, sausage and chocolate milk; pork meatball stew with onions, carrots and potatoes. These were the dishes that Kerouac filed away in his mental recipe box, to draw upon upon when the situation called for a homemade meal... “Dark Eyes came to my house tonight,” Kerouac wrote in a 1947 diary entry. “We sat on the floor, on the beautiful rug my mother made for me, and listened to the royal wedding at six in the morning. … I made Dark Eyes some crêpes suzette. We danced again, & sang.”
Nicole "attempts to recreate and reinterpret the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction".