The lust and wonder of augusten burroughs _ the splendid table

Running with Scissors author Augusten Burroughs is back with a new memoir, Lust & Wonder. Quick easy baked pork chops He talks with David Leite about stability, compromise, his struggles with both, and how he’s learning to “let the bread rise.”

Augusten Burroughs: Sure, it’s Lust & Wonder, and it’s a memoir. Stuffed pork chops temperature It’s a love story, is how I think of it, but you’ve got to crawl through some broken glass for a little bit before you get to the love.


It’s also about the period of my life where I’ve been sober. How to make the best pork chops I’ve been sober since 1999, so this is sort of a follow up to my previous memoir, Dry, about my experience with being an alcoholic, working in advertising. Baked pork chops bbq This is how my life has been without struggling with addiction and how I kind of made more of a mess of my life than I ever did before.

DL: You talk about this as the third installment in your trilogy of memoirs, with Running with Scissors, Dry, and Lust & Wonder. How to oven bake pork chops I’m curious, how do you see some of the themes that you began with years ago work themselves through the different memoirs? How are they the same and how are they different?

AB: I didn’t really think of it as a trilogy until after the fact. Grilled pork chops rub But clearly it is. Crock pot pork chops and rice My first memoir was Running with Scissors, about growing up with my mentally ill mother and my alcoholic father’s lunatic psychiatrist in his house, with a bunch of family members and a bunch of long-term psychiatric patients.

That was a world where there were no rules; there was no structure. Grilled pork chops in oven There was a lot of abuse going on in that crazy world. Cooking pork chops in a pan I think that experience honed my sense of humor for sure, because it was so awful that you sort of have to either find the humor in it, or just check out.

Finding security and stability and predictability was something that was very important for me in much of Lust & Wonder, and I made a lot of really dubious choices because of that search for stability and a guarantee. Easy recipes pork chops But you know, there really are no guarantees in life. Stuffed pork chops One of the things that is really featured in the book a lot is, I started to doubt my gut instinct, and there was a heavy penalty for that.

DL: I thought what was really wonderful about the book is, it’s much more contemplative and thoughtful than some of the other books. Taste pork chops I think your insights on relationships, especially long term relationships, are very keen and very spot on.

AB: I was thinking a lot about compromise. Roast pork chops jamie oliver I was in a relationship for almost ten years with someone named Dennis, and I don’t think either of us were fully content and happy, but I kept telling myself, “This is what relationship experts and television and magazines all say. How to make perfect pork chops Compromise is part of a relationship.”

But how much compromise? That’s something that I was thinking about a lot. Baked pork chops with mushrooms How much compromise was I willing to tolerate? How much compromise ought a person tolerate and when is it too much?

DL: Speaking of Dennis, there is a hilarious section about Thanksgiving at his house, and you say in the book that cooking is his way of showing his love to you, but you also say that he used it as a weapon. Easy recipes for pork chops He withheld food. How to cook pork loin chops boneless He didn’t cook for you, and he used it as a controlling point. Stuffed pork chops calories Can you talk a little bit about that dynamic of food in your relationship with Dennis?

AB: He was a very ambitious cook, and he loved to experiment and make very complicated meals, but when things were not going very well between us, he would make something that he knew I was not going to like. How to cook pork chops Or he would not make anything, and it would just be a very sort of sterile evening.

DL: Speaking of holidays and Thanksgiving and being at the table, I’m sure you must have quite a collection of memories, things that happened around the dinner table on holidays.

“Finding security and stability and predictability was something that was very important for me, and I made a lot of really dubious choices because of that search for stability and a guarantee. Most tender pork chops But you know, there really are no guarantees in life.”

AB: In my early childhood, when it was just living with my parents in western Massachusetts, holidays were sort of a somber affair. How long to cook pork chops in oven They were performed ritualistically. Baked pork chops with stuffing My parents were both Southern, so there was an element of things poured from cans, mixed together. Easy pork loin chops recipes Hams were from a can and scored with a knife, then cloves were inserted.

AB: But these were joyless occasions. Different things to do with pork chops They were just sort of ritualistically performed. Stove top stuffing pork chops When I was growing up in the psychiatrist’s house with his family, holidays were a lot more fun, but they were also a lot crazier. Baked stuffed pork chops Many, many people dropped by. Smothered pork chops recipe soul food It was like a train station. Grilled pork chops recipe It was messy and disorganized and crazy, but there was more love there. Smothered pork chops recipe My holidays over the past few years have been really great and unusual, too. What to do with pork loin chops I have cooked more than I ever did.

AB: I really do, and one thing that I have been really enjoying lately is making pine needle and rosemary bread, because we have a lot of pine needles, white pine, on the property.

AB: Absolutely. How to make good pork chops in the oven I’m not in crisis mode at all times. Baked pork chops nutrition This is really like reading to me. Recipies for pork chops I didn’t read a book until I was 24. Pork chops and applesauce Not because I couldn’t read, but because to read, you need peace and silence and space, physically and psychologically. Recipes to make with pork chops It’s the same with cooking. How to cook pork chops on gas grill My life has been about triage and putting out these emotional and psychological fires.

David Leite is the publisher of the website Leite’s Culinaria, which has won two James Beard awards. How to cook the best pork chops He is the author of the upcoming Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression. Baked pork chops cooking time and temp He also wrote The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast, which won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. Stuffed pork chops with rice His writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post and the Charlotte Observer. Recipe pork chops His awards include a 2008 James Beard award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes, a 2006 Bert Green Award for Food Journalism, and Association of Food Journalists awards in 2006 and 2007.