Where I’m Going with this Poem:

Wendy Lee Hermance’s prose and poetry are made of touching and surprising childhood memories – of shriveled apples, old pillows, fallen tree limbs, imaginary radio stations and things so difficult to put into words that we can only glimpse them between the lines of this highly compelling work.”  

Richard Zimler, International Best-selling Author, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

 The prose and poetry in Wendy Lee Hermance’s personal narrative comprise a unique memoir beginning with richly detailed childhood experiences, moving through adolescence, ultimately manifesting in adulthood.  “Where I’m Going with this Poem” is a hymn to “this lovely human mess”  that is the speaker’s life, but this is a life filled with a myriad of  experiences, all described with a poet’s empathy and attention to detail reminding us all, as Hermance did in the last poem of the collection, of our capacity to find some things to love. 

Marjory Wentworth, NYT’s Best-selling Author, Out of Wonder, Poet Laureate of South Carolina

The Heirloom Meatless Recipes Project:

Preserve traditional recipes from around the world, while celebrating innovative cooks? What a great idea!

You are invited to explore a world of legumes, root vegetables, leafy greens, grains, fruit, nuts, and tempting spices, and stories of cooks who turned them into feasts. Join Carol HelstoskyPhD., educator, author, Pizza: A Global History, Louise O. Vasvari, PhD., educator, author of Engendering Memory through Holocaust Alimentary Life WritingJill Nussinow, MS, RD., educator, author of Vegan Under Pressure and The Veggie Queen; Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment and Wendy Lee Hermance, former vegetarian restaurant owner and editor. There is also space to tell your personal story about the recipe.  

Recipe Collector Form

The recipe collector form above takes four minutes. It can be used as many times as you choose. We look forward to reading your stories and trying your favorite old recipes.

Weird Foods of Portugal:

“One of the first things people ask a stranger in Portugal is, “Don´t you love Portuguese food”?  I have learned to skirt the question. “I LOVE Portuguese frutarias, two to a block, brimming with fresh local beans and broccoli, avocados and fruits, possibly grown in the owners back yard!” Before they say the word, “francesinha,” I continue, “The broccoli! It tastes sweet! Nothing like US broccoli!” or, “The avocados! I love having local avocados! Do you know in the US they come from Mexico and the farms have been taken over by violent former drug gangs?”  By now, the people usually nod pleasantly and back away, leaving me in peace.

I mention this parable about food because it illustrates something about the nature of the Northern Portuguese: they want to help foreigners fit in. They want to tell foreigners things. They want to talk. Sometimes I somewhat understood what they told me, and I wrote these things down in this book of stories from three years in Portugal.

Wendy Lee Hermance, copyright 2020. Edited by Sara Thwaite, translated by Jose Lima

What’s That Stuff? A Natural Foods Reference Guide

 ”How does one dance a Brazilian cassava?’ This question and more are answered in this witty little guide to soy foods, grains, legumes, seaweeds and much more. We used it in our retail stores as a training manual. 

Diane Markovitz, Tree of Life Distributors