Why you should throw a dinner party to talk about death
When her father was dying, Jody Adams made him soup. A fan of cream of mushroom since she was a little girl — she admits to loving the canned variety — the chef-owner of restaurants Rialto, Trade, and Saloniki developed a version rich with heavy cream and stocked with a variety of mushrooms that she thought he might enjoy. And he did. Until he couldn’t eat even that.
The recipe appears in an e-cookbook called “The Endless Table: Recipes From Departed Loved Ones,” a collaboration between two organizations, the Conversation Project and Death Over Dinner. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and this weekend the organizations are encouraging people to host dinners to talk about death — specifically, how they would like to be cared for at the end of their lives. (According to recent surveys, nearly 75 percent of people in this country say they would prefer to die at home, but only 25 percent actually do.)