Cara Eisenpress and
Phoebe Lapine met in seventh grade at the Fieldston School in the Bronx, N.Y. They
bonded over oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and have been cooking together ever
since. They started the popular food/lifestyle blog Big Girls, Small Kitchen in
November 2008. Their first cookbook is In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real
World (Morrow, May 24, 2011).
graduated from Harvard in 2007 with an honors degree in Literature. She has
worked as a prep cook, on-campus caterer, travel writer and editor (for Let's Go guidebooks
on Europe and the U.S.) and editorial assistant at Little, Brown. She lives in
Phoebe Lapine holds a
B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University. She spent her summers working at Harper's Bazaar, Sony
Pictures Entertainment, waiting tables in New York City and studying Chekhov
with the director of the Moscow Art Theater. After college, Phoebe worked in
global marketing at L'Oreal, developing women's fragrance brands for Ralph
Lauren. She lives in Manhattan.
On your nightstand now:
On my actual nightstand, my iPad loaded with Longreads on Instapaper. On my
kitchen table: One Big Table by Molly O'Neill.
A nerdy answer, but the truth nonetheless: an advance copy of Jane Was Here
by Sarah Kernochan, who happens to be my mother. On my desk/kitchen counter: How
to Roast a Lamb by Michael Psilakis (which I stole from Cara).
Favorite book when you were a child:
The Boxcar Children series.
Grimms' Fairy Tales. The editions were passed down from my great grandfather.
They had a great smell.
Your top five authors:
W.G. Sebald, Ernest Hemingway, Javier Marias, Joan Didion, Yasunari Kawabata.
Alice Munro, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Oscar Wilde, Ruth Reichl.
Book you've faked reading:
Ulysses. Only to my English TF, via the paper I wrote on it.
Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. I managed to make it a
third of the way through though!
Book you're an evangelist for:
Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate by Alice
Medrich. It's chocolate like you've never seen it before.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. I might as well
have started my own college independent study around this book--I made everyone
around me go out and buy it.
Book you've bought for the cover:
Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen. Those stuffed peppers just hooked me.
Phoebe: The Naked Chef Takes Off by Jamie
Oliver. I was 14, and thought Jamie was so dreamy.
Book that changed your life:
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl. It made me want to be a food
writer, though I didn't realize it at the time.
Favorite line from a book:
not sure we can get beyond "Isn't it pretty to think so?"--Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises.
Book you most want to read again for
the first time:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.