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Growing Inside and Outside the Classroom

I stood in front of the classroom of high schoolers, answering their questions:
“You DROVE to the west coast?”
“Do you sing to yourself in the car?” 943 more words

Clarke's 30 Ingredients and baked chicory with cream and garlic

Every so often a cookbook comes along that blows me away. And, being a publishing type, to blow me away it has to tick a lot more boxes than the recipe one. 1,250 more words

Vegetarian Recipes

berkeley birthday

In contrast to the chilly October weekend that just passed, my twin brother and I celebrated our birthday last year in sunny California. Between hiking along the coastal beaches and under sequoia canopies, and roaming the hilly street of San Francisco, we spent a night and a day with most of our family in Berkeley. 806 more words


DIY Crème Fraîche

I always think of Crème Fraîche as the thick, creamy, slightly sour, superior, french cousin to sour cream. I’d been told it was easy to make yet overtime I had a recipe for it I never had the time to make it.   159 more words


Critiquing the Foodie

In our era of Whole Foods, slow foods and meal worship, many Americans have become fixated on both the pleasures and ethics of eating. As chefs became celebrities and food writing earned its own anthology series, simple eaters transformed into locavores who write Yelp reviews and buy into the marketing idea that we can somehow eat with abandon and sustainably. 324 more words


Snapshot: Alice Signed My Cookbooks, 33 Years Apart

I bought a cookbook last month for the author’s signature inside.  My Pantry, by Alice Waters, arrived yesterday in a box on my doorstep. Food52.com offered the signed copies through their online shop, so there were several degrees of separation between me and Alice in this transaction. 340 more words