Sobremesa A Memoir Of Food and Love
If you want a different kind of book try sobremesa! Josephine Caminos Oria is an Argentine-American cookbook author, entrepreneur, and mom. In her early 40’s took a chance on herself.
“Sobremesa reads like a cross between magical realism and the food section of the New York Times. Delicioso!” —Beth Ostrosky-Stern, New York Times Bestselling Author
If food is the universal language of love, sobremesa is the romance. Gather around the table with C-level career woman turned foodpreneur, Josephine Caminos Oría, as she cooks up a magical tale, told morsel by morsel, of some of her most memorable tableside chats—sobremesas—that provided the first-generation Argentine-American the courage to leave the safe life she knew and start over from scratch.
In her coming-of-age adventure, Josephine travels to her family’s homeland of Argentina in search of belonging—to family, to country, to a love, and ultimately, to oneself. Steeped in the lure of Latin culture, she pieces together her mom and abuela’s pasts, along with the nourishing dishes—delectably and spiritually—that formed their kitchen arsenal. But Josephine’s travels from las pampas to the prairie aren’t easy or conventional. She grapples with mystical encounters with the spirit world that lead her to discover a part of herself that, like sobremesa, had been lost in translation.
Just as she’s ready to give up on love all together, Josephine’s own heart surprises her by surrendering to a forbidden, transcontinental tryst with the Argentine man of her dreams. To stay together, she must make a difficult choice: return to the safe life she knows in the States, or follow her heart and craft a completely different kind of future for herself—one she never saw coming.
This otherworldly, multigenerational story of a daughter’s love and familial culinary legacy serves up, in 13 courses, the timeless traditions that help Josephine navigate transformational love and loss. It’s a reminder that that home really is anywhere the heart is. Sobremesa invites you to linger at the table, reveal your own hidden truths and savor the healing embrace of time-honored food and the wisdom it espouses.
The memoir Sobremesa is a reminder of a slower time, an exuberant, passionate place, and love as vast as the Argentine pampas. – Foreword Reviews
Josephine Caminos Oría
Born in La Plata, Argentina and raised from infancy on in Pittsburgh, PA, I was served stories of where I came from and the people I’d left behind, during family sobremesas—when chatter and laughter, memories of past lives and loves, and secrets that refuse to be buried are served up as a final course. Sobremesa was how I learned to make sense of the world—the good, lo malo, the beautiful, lo feo, the unexpected, lo esperado. Mom and Abuela Dorita helmed our home from the kitchen. Mom as the gatekeeper who excused us from the table. With the exception of a spontaneous dance party breaking out to Blondie’s “The Tide is High,” there was no use in rushing. Dorita as the cook. Ever an abuela of contrasts, Dorita was both cosmopolitan and casera. Equal parts abuela glamorosa and Betty Crocker homebody, she taught us that as women we could go out and take on the world, then strap on apron and be a culinary goddess at home. One didn’t take away from the other.