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A Potluck Thanksgiving from Jamie Lau, Co-author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern


During the last week, we told you about Wendy Johnson’s nontraditional Thanksgiving living as a child in Europe and Me Ra Koh’s kimchee and (now) potato-filled holiday.

In the third installment of our series, we’re excited to present an anecdote from Jamie Lau, co-author of the forthcoming book, BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, which hits bookstores December 11.

“During my college and grad school days as a student living in New York, being a West Coaster usually meant staying behind in the big city for Thanksgiving and volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels, or banning together with other holiday orphans to cook a nice meal together.

I’ve always been more of a dessert person and back then, I didn’t feel confident enough yet to prepare meat (let alone a whole turkey!!!). One year when divvying up potluck responsibilities, pie was already taken so I was forced to whip up a savory dish. I found a great Caribbean rice and beans recipe on (nontraditional, I know) that used bay leaves. I had never cooked with that ingredient before, but I made a big batch and it turned out to be a huge flavorful success. It was especially a hit for the vegetarians, who enjoyed it as their main dish, and also became a food staple for me since it was so easy to make.”


Check back in coming weeks for more from Jamie and BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern!



About the Book
BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern
Mastering Iconic Looks from the 1920s to 1980s
Written by Nora Abousteit and Jamie Lau
Category: Crafts & Hobbies - Sewing
Format: Hardcover, 216 pages
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $29.99
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