Category: Books

Read This Book: The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty’s The Cooking Gene is subtitled “A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South”, but it is so much more than that. It is part culinary history, part memoir, part genealogy, part detective story, and part spiritual pilgrimage, written from a poignant, deeply personal point of view. Twitty generously brings ...


CSA Share #9 and More Cucumbers!!

L to R: Slicing cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, parsley, zucchini, basil, kale, tomatoes, chile peppers. The cucumbers have almost been vanquished. Here are the latest casualties.



As life has gotten bigger and wilder in the last few weeks, my mind has become full of untamed beasts, all clamoring for my undivided attention. I have spent the last few days trying to wrestle each of these beasts into cages, to no avail. They will be wild. So, rather than a trip to ...


Chocolate Cake On Demand

Last night was our monthly Book Club meeting, a belated birthday celebration for our Book Club leader/coordinator, and an exciting moment for one of our members, and well, for all of us. The occasion called for cake, and I knew just the cake it had to be. The cake recipe is from a kid-friendly cookbook ...


Must-Read Article in the NYT Magazine

The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food, an excerpt from an upcoming book by Michael Moss, is a disturbing peek into the world of processed food engineering, and the lengths the food industry has gone to in order to keep people buying and eating foods they know they really shouldn’t be eating. I first heard a ...


Rhubarb Two Ways

I have been messing around with rhubarb all month, looking for ways to use it that don’t involve dessert. After quickly discovering the Rhubarb Balsamic Reduction and Maple Rhubarb Glaze, I found myself struggling to find success in my Don-Quixote-Meets-Iron-Chef quest for rhubarby goodness, without a load of sugar or crust involved.