The Cookbook Club – Thug Kitchen

A few weeks before Christmas, I received an email from a friend asking me if I’d like to take part in the Cookbook Club scheme he was cooking up (pun intended) for his partner’s Christmas present. The words ‘cookbook,’ ‘cooking,’ ‘dinner’ and ‘friends’ were all present and accounted for in his email. “Sign me up,” I replied. The idea was that every month, we’d pick a cookbook, make a selection of dishes from it, and then get together to eat and critique []

Chasing the Middle Ages

Following is a piece that will be included in “Pastel and Pen,” a collection of my writing paired with selected pastel drawings by Gregg Simpson. “Pastel and Pen: Two Ways of Seeing” will be published by New Arcadia Publishing in Spring, 2018. This piece is accompanied by Gregg Simpson’s pastel entitled San Gimignano shown below. I alternate travel writing about modern San Gimignano with a fanciful journey seven hundred years into the past. The hill town of San Gimignano is famous worldwide as the []

Bella Roma

We are spending nine nights in Rome in April of 2017 during an exhibition of Gregg Simpson’s paintings at the Arte Borgo []