My Cookbook Accumulation

I hesitate to call the books that surround me on my home office a collection, exactly. I have no organized plan or focus around acquiring books, which I tend to associate with the idea of collecting things--stamps, wine, antiques. As a random assemblage of books, however, it ideally suits me [...]

2020-06-12T19:02:51+00:00June 11th, 2020|Cookbooks, Cooking at Home|

A Most Elegant Burger

A couple weeks ago I had one of those better-than-average work days, which had me hanging out with other food writers at Tom Douglas' cool cooking school Hot Stove Society. Our host was the Washington Beef Commission, and our task to get some hands-on time with various preparation techniques for [...]

2020-02-05T18:07:09+00:00May 18th, 2017|Cookbooks, Cooking at Home, Interesting Ingredients|

The Art of Collaboration

This article posted on Bon Appétit's website yesterday sheds some interesting light on the job of ghost-writing and co-authoring books with chefs and other celebs. It was fun to see a number of friends included in the piece! I've never ghosted a cookbook--contributing to the book's content without direct attribution--but [...]

2020-01-24T00:14:35+00:00January 11th, 2017|Chefs, Cookbooks|

Coming Soon: Oysters!

It's a funny sensation, that moment in an author's life (at least this author's life) when you realize the book manuscript you've been working on for months is now finished and leaving your grasp for good: off to the printer in whatever form that last round of edits produced. The [...]

2020-01-25T01:09:15+00:00September 8th, 2015|Cookbooks, Cooking at Home, Regional Treats, Seafood|

The Ebook Jungle: My Journey

I'm definitely one of those types who learn best by doing. Oh, I did well with book and classroom learning when it really counted  through my school years. Since then,  though, I've learned far more by just diving into things and developing skills and absorbing knowledge along the way.  My [...]

2020-02-05T18:49:47+00:00September 5th, 2014|Cookbooks, Media|