Jody Adams and Ken Rivard have been cooking together since first meeting at Provender, a gourmet food store in Tiverton, Rhode Island, almost thirty years ago. One marriage and two kids later, Jody is a professional chef who lists her mother and Julia Child as her greatest cooking influences. Along the way she’s had the opportunity to work with a pair of other great chefs, Lydia Shire and Gordon Hamersley. She is currently the chef and owner of RIALTO in Cambridge, Massachusetts and TRADE, in Boston. Ken is a freelance writer (one of the three Ken Rivard’s currently listed on Amazon.com), former ghost writer, and amateur photographer. He also does most of the cooking at home. With the exception of the picture above, taken by their son Oliver, all of the photographs on this site are Ken’s work. During Jody’s travels he’s the guy holding down the fort.
And….don’t you two look happy! Love your recipes and the photos are sterling! What’s for dinner?
Thank you for the kind words. Drop by any time. Ken
Grat job for your blog…
keep sharing and inspiring!
Thank you, Dedy.
Hi Jody and Ken, I am checking back in and let Ken know I listened to the Patinkin interview he told me about after reading my responses to Fresh Air’s interview with Maurice Sendak. Thanks for directing me to this – it was both moving and inspiring. It seems that doing what you love (regardless of whether one is an artist or actor or just a person doing work he or she is passionate about) leads to universal truths and the Well of Inspiration. It also leads to that interesting place where one is both in the moment and flowing with Eternity.
I’ve reread your description of Sendak’s books on your sofa several times and love the phrase “as though gravity were much heavier in Sendak’s world”. Indeed.
A note to Jody: my mother had the original first edition Julia Child Mastering French Cooking cookbook; I inherited it, complete with tomato seed and butter stains and burnt page corners from resting too close to the burners. Each time I open it, I reconnect with her.
All the best to you both.
Thank you for getting back in touch, Jadi. I’m glad you connected with the Patinkin interview on Q – it truly is inspirational. I’ve recommended it to several people since our exchange. I think you’d have to made of stone not to be moved by MP’s description of his own wrestling match with the angel. Sendak still arouses alternating feelings of joy and sadness in me. I can’t help but feel he found his own way to keep darkness at bay, sharing much of it with the rest of us through his drawings. The sadness comes from imagining his childhood, and the recognition that for so long he had to keep the love of his life under wraps. Isn’t it amazing to discover the Proustian glop on a loved one’s cookbook, recalling dishes, remembering when someone made a particular treat? Every time I see I a 1st edition of Julia’s MTAFC I’m always shocked by its size – it was so big by comparison to later editions (the exact opposite of the way things usually go). When I page through it now the person I meet most often is myself, as a young man in love with good food, studying in Europe. I re-experience the delight of first reading Julia’s instructions for paté, remembering my awe at the steps, and the aha of feeling like a great secret had been revealed. It’s kind of touching–like going back and looking at a poem in the Norton Anthology with a word circled and linked to an handwritten explanatory note in the margin: “symbol.” Ha! Be well. Ken
Please continue inspiring us with your sumptuous creations!
Thank you, Jean. That’s the plan. Ken
Amazing blog! Can’t wait to read more. Truly love it!!!
Thanks. I know you don’t think of yourself as a cook, but I’m sure you’ll find something here to expand your horizons a bit. Thanks for stopping by. Ken
So happy to have found your blog! The recipes are divine and the photography is out of this world! Cheers!
I checked out your blog–you’ve got some pretty great stuff going on. (The scallops look great!) Glad you found us. If you have a photography question, feel free to ask. Ken
Great! Thank you!
HI, Ken! I’m updating my “Blogs I Follow” and would like to include an image from each blog to link through to the respective sites. Do you have an definitive Garum Factory image you’d be okay with me adding to my blog page?
The photo above is the only blog-ready photo of the two of us (I’m almost always invisible because I’m taking the pictures, except in this case, when our son took it). You can use any image from the blog you’d like. Ken
Your photo has been added. I still need to tweak and develop the page, but this is a good start. Thanks for letting me share your fabulous food and writing and photos!
Hi Jody & Ken! Beautifully presented blog, love the photographs and recipes! There is a Tiverton in Devon, not too far from us here in the West Country in the UK…small world eh?! I have always wanted to visit Rhode Island, one of these days…wonderful photo of you both too :-) I hope you will be back to visit my blog, I will certainly be back here and have signed up to follow you. Lovely to meet you both.
Hi, Sherri–Thanks for signing up. Glad you found something to like, and maybe even cook. Ken
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Oh, the residents of Gourmandistan are nothing if not resourceful. :-) Ken
The name of you blog brought me hear.I’m new to blogging and exploring your website , I must say, its absolutely beautiful!
Thank you. New to blogging? Careful, it’s a very deep pit. Ken
I’m loving it already!
Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, so if you are interested please check out the link here for my post and the rules for accepting it. Please do not feel that you have to participate. Happy food blogging! http://fooddaydreaming.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/versatile-blogger-award/
We don’t do awards, but thank you for thinking of us. Ken
Wow, I just came across your blog from http://buckwheathealth.wordpress.com/ and I’m so thrilled that I did, not only because your photography and your food are both absolutely stunning, but also because I’m so tickled to find out that you own Rialto! I just graduated from law school in Cambridge and have been to Rialto quite a few times. It was lovely every time (so no surprise that your blog is equally so). What a happy coincidence and I’m so glad to have found you. Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous creations.
Congratulations! Introduce yourself to Jody the next time you come in – and thanks for the compliments about the restaurant and the blog. Ken
Julia Child and my mother are also my greatest inspirations! Your site makes me hungry and I love that it is run by such a sweet happy couple!
I can’t wait to start trying out some of your recipes. Your guys’ site is the only other thing I check frequently besides the news and my email…so thank you for adding some enjoyment to my morning coffee time. :)
Aawwww…. thanks, Lana. Glad we’re adding to the Friday morning sunshine. Great Gravatar image, by the way. Ken
You definitely are! And thank you very much :)
Thank you so much for liking my post! And how lovely to find husband and wife food bloggers! Your recipes are fantastic too!
You deserved it. Jody and I are mutually dependent. The photos lure folks in, then they find something delicious to make at home. :-) Ken
ciao! luvFAB blog.
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Dragon’s Loyalty Award
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We don’t accept awards, but thank you for thinking of us. Ken
No worries, just to let you know how we appreciate your blog :)
You have a gorgeous site – so striking and unusual! It’s a lovely discovery and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes (I’ve fallen for the ginger biscuits already!) :)
Thank you. I’m sure you’ll find something to like. Ken
Hey guys, your blog is really awesome, and I love following it, so I nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! Participation is optional, and the rules can be found here: http://cookingismysport.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/three-months-old-and-a-dragon/
HI, Jess– Congratulations! (Nice to be recognized, isn’t it?) We don’t do awards, but thank you for thinking of us. (…and we’re glad you like our blog.) Ken
What a perfect pairing! I think you both are made for the blogging world! Lovely recipes and lovelier pictures!
Let’s just leave it at two lovelies, okay. :-) Thanks for the compliment. Ken
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Just an inviting blog. Great pictures! So glad I stumbled across your site. Best wishes :)
Thank you very much. We’re not gluten-free, except by accident. Maybe you’ll still find something workable. Ken
Your blog is amazing! I look forward to following you!
Thank you, April. I’m glad you found us. Ken
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Thank you, Ayako. We’re so happy you enjoyed yourself. Ken
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Your blog looks absolutely divine! I’ll be back for more inspirational posts – I’m your new follower! :-)
Greetings from the North, Dina
Hi, Dina–I’m glad you found us. I look forward to hearing from you. Ken
Love this food blog! I work at company called Tivamo and something like this would be great. Check out tivamo.com- let’s get in touch!
Glad you found us. Not sure what you have in mind, but you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ken
Hello Jody and Ken! I’ma glad to stumble upon your blog! Your blog is amazing, inspirational posts, great recipes and I love the photography!
Thank you, Mila. I’m glad you stumbled into our neck of the woods. Ken
Delectable photos and mouth-watering temptation :-)
Thanks! Glad you found us. Ken
happy to have found you guys and looking forward to catch up with your talents! big love from Italy
Thank you, Marcela. Happy you found us. As you’ve probably deduced, we love all things Italian. Ken
Really lovely food photos and recipes. I’m inspired!
I’m looking forward to following xx
Thanks. Glad to see you. Ask questions if something is unclear. Ken
Dear Mr. Rivard,
I am one of Bob Cornelison’s former Fordham students. Recently, when Googling Dr. Cornelison yet again, hoping I would be able to find a new glimpse of him besides an obituary, I came across your writings of him for your High School reunion. Now, easily a year or two later, I just can’t help myself, and I just wanted to reach out and say, I miss him too. (and I’m really hoping you are the same person, but I suspect you are).
I was one of his Freshman students and then I think I took 2 more classes, because I loved that man and what he was teaching. If I ever wanted to debate a grade with a teacher it was him, and it saddens me more that I’ll never have that conversation with him. Funny. It’s been over 20 years.
Now, I find myself married into a Finnish Family of a random/obscure faith community (a sect of Laestadian Lutherans), and almost daily I think, Dr. Cornelison would LOVE this… I could be a guest speaker every semester! I’ll drop the law career – we’ll write a book.
So when I read about your friendship with him, I just had to reach out and share.
I am sure I am not the only one, although I may be the only one sleeping with the conversation I want to have with him.
I miss him too.
Hello Rebby–I am indeed the right Ken Rivard. Bob Cornelison and I grew up together and remained close friends until his death, and he would have been pleased to know how deeply he touched you. People glide into and out of our lives, most leaving only a modest wake. But isn’t it amazing how some of the people and events of our youth remain with us for the rest of our lives? I’ve been fortunate enough to travel, most recently in Greece and Turkey, and whether I’m visiting Olympos or Aya Sofia, or eating green baklava or handmade bougatsa, the thought “Bob would have loved this,” or “THAT would have cracked Bob up,” has become some such a frequent internal verbalization that I no longer hear it–I’m just aware it’s there. And I’m happy to have him along. Thanks for getting in touch. If you’re ever in Boston, give me some advance notice and we can meet for a drink… something else he enjoyed. Ken
I think the two of you have a very cool food blog! :) I am a new admirer of your blog, lovely photos & amazing fun recipes!
Greetings from a foodie from tiny Belgium!
Hi, Sophie–Thank you very much. We don’t get to the blog as often as we’d like these days–too much other work–but we’re hanging in there. We’ll have to make it to Belgium for a biking trip some time–great beer and great food! Ken
Thanks, ken & always welcome!
I’ve been missing your recipes – I guess I fell off the blog list (is that even possible?). How to preserve all those lovely farm tomatoes ?
Hi, Marianne–We’ve been running around doing other stuff. We just got back from Haiti, where Jody was working with some PIH hospital hospitality programs (hospitals feeding their patients is a new thing in Haiti) and I was photographing her, school kids and street life. We will be posting more frequently as things settle down. Ken
Try subscribing again, but it may be that you’ve just been missing our not-so-frequent posts. Ken
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