Want to read some amazing writing--writing so good it convinced the chairman of Reader's Digest to break bread with its creator? Here's your chance.But first, a bit of history.When I walked into the office this morning, Ken Wheaton handed me a takeout container filled with bbq brisket, ribs and pork from The Cookhouse, where Ken and his girlfriend were dinner guests of Cookhouse owner (and Reader's Digest Chairman Tom Ryder). How did Ken manage to score such a cool invitation? By his very fine writing, of course. As I've mentioned before, Ryder went on a bbq tour of the Hill Country, and posted an in-depth interactive travelogue on the Reader's Digest site. Ken writes a magazine column, and being no bbq slouch himself he decided to comment on it. And Ryder loved Ken's words so much, he invited him to Connecticut.
You can find Ken's writing in a new book called The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York. It's a collection of essays and stories edited by Jaquelin Cangro, with other contributors including Jonathem Lethem, Calvin Trillin, Francine Prose, among others. It's good stuff, perfect for a train ride. And Thursday night, there's a reading at Book Court at 8, 163 Court Street. So if you have nothing better to do, why not hop on the either the 2, 3, 4, 5, R or F train and give some of the stories a listen.
UNCLE RICHARD'S HOT SAUCE
28 oz. can of tomatoes (or about a pound of fresh roma tomatoes, chopped)
1 cup of cilantro leaves
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced onion
2 Tbs of chile powder (add more to taste, if you like)
Salt to taste
a dash of sugar
Juice from 1/2 lime
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Taste it, and see if it needs any more spices. When done, you can serve it with some cilantro leaves on top to make it look pretty.
Makes about 4 cups. Will keep in fridge for one week.