The Influencer: Colu Henry, Cookbook Author & Tastemaker
Colu Henry’s Back Pocket Pasta does what used to seem daunting: It helps me cook dinner on the fly, with whatever’s in my pantry.
We are not talking scrambled eggs and toast. We’re talking pasta. The kind of seductive, pleasurable meals that are just as good eaten on the front porch with the kids at 5pm as they are at midnight, after an evening of cocktails.
Pasta every night? Won’t that get tiresome, you ask? Hardly. Because pasta isn’t the point. The point is self-reliance. With a well-stocked pantry and a bit of practice, the left - overs of the larder can come alive. Tubes of pasta slicked with toasted walnuts, caramelized onions, oregano and feta. Corkscrews with sesame, chili oil and green garlic. A pork bolognese so rich it stains your teeth a rusty red. This, friends, is dinner.
Colu’s simple kitchen philosophy—cook with what’s on hand, with what’s available at the market and with great care—puts her in a slim lineup of storied female culinary talent (think Julia, Marcella, Alice) who, through instruction, are teaching us how to eat and how to live. And in this age of abundance and anxiety, nothing is more valuable than that.