In last month’s column, I wrote that Marian Platt had given up her “What’s Cookin’?” column in RV Life after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This month I have worse news. Shortly after our March issue went to press, Marian’s health deteriorated further. She experienced cardiac failure and died on February 24.
Marian had received a dire medical diagnosis in January as she approached her 85th birthday, and she knew her days were limited. When she began chemotherapy, she said she might have 22 months remaining, since that’s how long actor Patrick Swayze lasted after a similar diagnosis. But we never know how or when the end will come. Our consolation with Marian is that she lived a full and satisfying life, and she told friends and family that a calm had settled over and she was not afraid.
We will miss Marian and her column, which ran in RV Life for 11 years.
Our experience with Marian convinced us that there is a place for food articles in an RV magazine and so this month we have two.
Juddi Morris, an author and RVer, writes that one of the best things about RVing is the chance to get fresh food where it’s grown. You can read about her experiences on Page 13.
Also in this issue is the first column by food writer Becky White, a 41-year-old full-time RVer. For the past year and a half, she and her travel companion, Chris Gage, have been touring the country in a 40-foot diesel motorhome. Chris, the vice president of a company that provides technical services to pharmacies, bought the motorhome so she could spend two years on the road, visiting pharmacies all across the county to carry out her company’s initiative to improve communication with customers. Chris and Becky are using this opportunity to combine work and sightseeing.
Before embarking on this trip, Becky was a manager for a national homebuilder and was involved in residential and commercial construction for 15 years. She also spent eight years in the Air Force, active and reserve.
An interest in food and cooking has long been a hobby of Becky’s and though she had no experience RVing prior to this long cross-country trip, she quickly learned to adapt her cooking to the limitations of a compact RV kitchen.
Becky said one blessing of RV travel has been the chance to experience the variety of food available in different regions of the country. “I love most all ethnic food, especially Thai, Mexican and Italian,” she said. “I really love soul food and barbecue.”
Her favorite among the celebrity chefs on TV is Ina Garten of the Food Network. “I have several of her cookbooks and really like her simplistic style,” Becky said. “She uses a few, very good ingredients to create amazing flavors.”
Becky tries to avoid packaged and processed food and buys local, organic and seasonal food when possible. “I try to be conscious of what I put in my body and exercise some moderation,” she said. But, she added, “I certainly would not call myself a health nut. I love a huge piece of cheesy sausage lasagna or a grilled ribeye as much as the next person.”
“The Chow Down” is the name Becky has given her column with the intention of giving readers the lowdown on everything related to food. Besides favorite food recipes, Becky will also offer cocktail recipes, recommend restaurants she has discovered in her travels, and share cooking hints.
Becky is hoping that readers will respond to her column with comments and suggestions. “I want this column to be an interactive place for everyone who loves the RV lifestyle to share ideas and recipes,” she said.
You can find Becky’s first column in this issue on Page 26. You can send your comments, questions, recipes, food hints or anything else you would like to share with Becky to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded to her.
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