The Art of Eating In

Ladies We Love: Cathy Erway

February 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm , by


How would you feel about not eating out for a month? Or six months? Brooklyn-based blogger and amateur cook Cathy Erway decided to do just that—for two years. She was tired of takeout and overpriced dinners, but it wouldn’t an easy feat in New York city, where eating out is the norm. She documented her venture on her blog, Not Eating Out in New York, and it quickly gained a following.

EATIN INHer blog became the basis of her new book, The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, but it’s about more than avoiding restaurants. You follow along with her as she faces a social life without dining out, cooking successes (and some disasters) and realizing the importance of knowing where your food comes from. It also includes Cathy’s original recipes for you to try at home, so give it a look—it may inspire you to eat in tonight.

What makes me a lady: Listening to others and trying to do what I do best for them. (Usually, cooking something good!)

Favorite guilty pleasure: Eating a huge meal at midnight.

Three things on my life list: To grow more food or work on a farm, help efforts to improve school lunch food, and maybe, write a novel.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: Perfect balance. Not in a literal sense, but to stay focused and keep centered while playing a lot of roles and juggling a lot of pieces.

Ladies I admire: Alice Waters, Michelle Obama, Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, and heroes of my local food community like Annie Novak, Paula Crossfield, Kerry Trueman. All the ladies at Just Food, a nonprofit. And my mom.