"First Paperwork, Then Spring Rolls"

When one mother decided to adopt a baby from Vietnam, she knew that to truly prepare herself, she needed to learn the art of Vietnamese cooking.

Mastering Spring Rolls Before I Adopt A Baby From Vietnam
When I announced my plan to adopt a baby from Vietnam, friends recommended child-development texts, Vietnamese language tapes, and travel guides. The volume of information overwhelmed me almost as much as the prospect of first-time motherhood. But in my family, we don't read. We cook. Just as important as the Passover Seder ritual is the matzo ball soup. When my mother says, "I'm visiting a friend in need," she means: "I'm baking a coffeecake." If I'm fretting, I layer sheets ...

Food has always drawn my family together. While I wait for my daughter, I’ll begin reaching out to her in the best way I know — through cooking.

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