Tracy Pollan has spent more than a quarter-century married to Michael J. Fox, thus accomplishing the rare feat of maintaining a successful Hollywood marriage with one of the most famous men in America. While the veteran actress has scaled back her own career over the years to focus on being a mom to the couple’s four children, she is now reclaiming the spotlight by joining her sisters as the co-author of “The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals.”
She’ll be sharing her favorite food stories and discussing her favorite meals from the book at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Vroman’s Bookstore, with her sister, Dana, also speaking. Focusing on meals made from fresh, local ingredients, with standout items like crispy parmesan zucchini chips and key lime pie with walnut oatmeal crust, the book also includes the family’s top cooking tips and techniques, time-tested shortcuts, advice for kitchen beginners ad market and pantry list designed to make cooking stress-free.
“We had been discussing the idea of writing a cookbook for a while,” says Pollan. “All of our friends were constantly asking us for recipes for meals they had either eaten at our house or dinners their children had joined us for. The four of us often would forget recipes that we had in our own repertoire, we decided if we were going to write down all of our favorite recipes we might as well put them in a cookbook.”
Pollan says that the book’s focus on tasty yet uncomplicated recipes makes it ideal for those just starting out in the kitchen, as well as those looking for new ideas. She recalls that food played an important part in her family’s home while growing up, since “family dinner was the time where we could all come together after our busy, hectic days to reconnect and spend quality time with each other. Food also played a very big role in our holiday get-togethers. We all came together as a family to cook and then we would get to sit down together as a family to enjoy what we had made.”
While she notes that her own favorite meals constantly change, with current ones including paprika-seared shrimp and Brussels sprouts salad with pecorino cheese, Pollan says that her famous husband’s favorite dish is the pan-seared salmon with salsa verde.
“My cooking ability definitely didn’t hurt to win him over,” she laughs. “I was the first girlfriend who had ever cooked for him I have no formal training in cooking but because I was encouraged at a very early age to help my Mother in the kitchen, I gained a lot of confidence. Confidence in cooking is the key, really anyone can do it if you just jump in there and give it a try.”
Tracy and Dana Pollan will discuss and sign “The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 549-9320 or visit vromans.com.