“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
— Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Before I’d ever visited Croatia, I knew its flavors through my grandmother’s cooking. It was the only part of my heritage that survived in America besides our surname—my Croatian immigrant grandparents didn’t teach my father or his siblings the language. Anna, my grandmother, learned to cook from her mother, Magdalena, who ran a boarding house for men in Dayton, Ohio. Magdalena used culinary techniques she learned in Croatia and recipes passed down for generations. Tradition was at the heart of my grandmother’s food. She made everything with love (and a lot of lard!)
One Moveable Feast explores cultures through cuisine. It’s about connecting people with their stories and histories, and honoring traditions and recipes—some of which have been nearly lost in our modern world. Our mission is to share diverse, engaging narratives with a literary bent from kitchens and tables around the globe.
I invite you to join the feast!
Dobar Tek (Bon Appétit),
Founder, One Moveable Feast™
Grandmother’s Kitchen—An exploration into a culture’s culinary traditions, experienced in grandmothers’ kitchens worldwide. (creative nonfiction.)
Chef’s Corner—Insights into a chef’s favorite or signature dish, including its historical and/or cultural roots. (profile/interview.)
My Madeleine—Like Proust’s petite madeleine cake, this series explores a food or dish that evokes a sensory memory for the author. (personal essay.)
Around Town—highlights an ethnic dish at a restaurant, sometimes with a chef’s twist. (creative nonfiction.)
To submit an idea for the series, please drop us a line .
About the Founder:
Kristin Vuković graduated with honors from Columbia University with a degree in literature and writing. She went on to complete an MFA degree in nonfiction writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, during which she was Editor-in-Chief of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and held an editorial internship at The New Yorker’s “Goings On About Town.”
A freelance writer and editor whose feature articles have appeared in The Daily Beast, Wall Street Journal India, Forbes India, Condé Nast Traveller India, and Culture, Kristin has also written for ISLANDS, Wine Enthusiast, and Food & Wine, among others. She has worked as a freelance Reporter at Condé Nast Traveler and a freelance Researcher at InStyle and Vogue. Travel writing assignments have taken her to various domestic and international destinations including France, India, Croatia, Argentina, and the Maldives, plus other incredible corners of the world. In addition, she has visited dozens of countries for personal travel.
Kristin is a Contributing Writer at Organic Spa Magazine and a freelance Travel Expert/Correspondent for Jetsetter.com, where she helps clients customize itineraries to Croatia and writes copy for the site. She lives in New York City with her Indian husband and Japanese Chin, Sachi.
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