Hello! Welcome to Rustic Joyful Food!
Around here, we want to prepare (and eat) INCREDIBLE dishes and spread the message that life is good — right now, no matter what. What does that mean? It means that even though life will challenge you, will be downright hard sometimes, even though you may not have the best of everything — fine ingredients, fancy appliances, a gorgeous kitchen — you still have a beautiful life and you have a purpose. Keep in mind that the most important things already surround you. Spend time among the people you love in your tiny living room with paper plates, plastic cups, and joy. A good life is as simple as working hard and eating a big bowl of chili with your babies. A good life is lifting others up when they need a hand. A good life, like a good meal, is worth sharing.
The Rustic Joyful Food Books
It's my hope that you will find something to love within these pages―that one of my recipes will become your own memorized specialty that you'll add or take away an ingredient or two to create your own perfect meal. And I hope that meal―your meal―will be enjoyed for years to come by people you love. I want you to feel amazing each time you make it.
Truth be told, that's the beautiful thing about food. I believe that when heart, soul, and creativity are interjected into a recipe, no two people will ever make it the same. Every meal is uniquely yours.
Rustic Joyful Food: My Heart's Table showcases rising Seattle food star Danielle Kartes's uniquely homey and delicious recipes, contains heartfelt stories from the former restaurateur, and reinforces the message that life, regardless of the challenges, is good right now, no matter what. With a focus on hearth, home, family, and connecting with the people you love, Danielle's from-the-heart creations will help you build memories around the table that last a lifetime.
Rustic Joyful Food: My Heart’s Table (2nd Edition) available NOW at many fine book retailers! Click on links below:
“What makes food special? Certainly not the best of everything, the most expensive ingredients, or the latest trends in cooking. No; it’s the people who made it for you, and how they loved you. I have always known there was something special about Grandma Gloria’s oven-fried chicken, and I knew that the pains of life were somehow healed in the kitchen. There is this beautiful tradition in family, every family, no matter what yours looks like. It matters not what is served, but how it’s served. There are stories and cultures and ways of life that have been forgotten, but certain things will always remain. We don't necessarily remember foods for their expense or extravagance, but for the memories they evoke.”
Rustic Joyful Food: Generations is a thoughtful look at family-driven comfort food – heirloom recipes that have been handed down. The recipes within these pages tell a story of a simpler time and well-worn hands. These recipes give a glimpse into my life and how I grew up; here, you’ll find heartwarming stories about life, love, and the food that made me. These recipes I now cook for family and those I cherish. It’s my hope you will find a recipe within these pages to cherish as well.
Rustic Joyful Food: Generations (2nd Edition) coming February, 2020 from Sourcebooks. Available for pre-order now!
Coming May 5, 2020. More information soon…