Pesto Bliss

October 31, 2012

By Gabrielle.

Maria Gandara makes the sort of pesto that sends her fanatical fan base into a frenzy; they savor it, dream about it, hoard it, and pout when it’s unavailable. Buddhapesto is supposedly borderline-magical stuff!

Reading her story reminded me of how I’m increasingly drawn to small-batch creations. Everything artisanal somehow seems more like treasures, don’t you think? But here’s what’s really sticking with me. Maria is the only one who knows how to make her Buddhapesto, and does so by using her senses: the weight of the ingredients in her hands, the sight of them, and the sound of a finished batch in the food processor. Amazing.

Also. When asked about her plans for expanding Buddhapesto — Whole Foods is interested! — Maria is ambivalent. “I just want to walk to work. Barefoot.”

Bare feet by Yoshihiko Ueda.

P.S. — Have you ever been in a position where you faced a life-changing decision between corporate or calm? What did you choose?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jimmy October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

The decision to leave being a lawyer for being a stay-at-home dad I think fits that bill. I can understand the appeal behind walking to work barefoot.


2 RKBC October 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I looove Buddhapesto. I had no idea that it has a cult-like following, but I’m not surprised. Week after week I pay $9 for a small container without batting an eye–it’s really that good!


3 Tasha October 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I am SOSOSO intrigued…and being in the Hudson Valley so excited they are close…will try! I’d love to hear other people’s pesto recipes as there are lot of tricks out there…I make it but haven’t made it my own yet, sorry no help LOL


4 Mollie October 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I love reading DesignMom because I find something daily that I just need to read. This is one of those little articles. Doing things until they’re right, knowing when it’s right, being okay with the way things are- these are really inspiring ideas. thank you!


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