Grief and Love Go Hand in Hand: Reflecting on Elizabeth Berg’s “I’ll Be Seeing You”

Mourning, and grieving, take up a lot of space in my head these days. So, floundering around for something new to read, I searched for a list of Elizabeth Berg’s books, which I always enjoy. And I found one, just not what I expected. Last night, I finished reading her new book, I’ll Be Seeing … More Grief and Love Go Hand in Hand: Reflecting on Elizabeth Berg’s “I’ll Be Seeing You”

Maryse Condé’s “Of Morsels and Marvels”: A New Book by a Not-to-be-Missed Writer of Style and Substance

It’s always a marvel when I come upon an intriguing new writer, to me anyway. What’s even more wonderful is when that writer takes up food and cooking as the main topic in their work. And Maryse Condé is one of those writers. Ms. Condé, born in Guadaloupe in the French Caribbean, has been writing … More Maryse Condé’s “Of Morsels and Marvels”: A New Book by a Not-to-be-Missed Writer of Style and Substance

Joy to the World: A Look at the 9th Edition of “Joy of Cooking”

The arrival of a new generation of the Joy of  Cooking feels like seeing a new baby born into the family. Personal and very welcome. First, though, a bit of perspective on the story of this famous and enduring cookbook. * After her husband’s suicide in 1930 during the Great Depression, Irma S. Rombauer – … More Joy to the World: A Look at the 9th Edition of “Joy of Cooking”

Cooking Cuban During El Período Especial Estadounidense

The picadillo at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, a neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. That’s where it began, where the seed got planted. I’d just turned 21. To celebrate, several friends treated me to a fancy dinner there. And I ordered the picadillo, sided with a lime dacquiri. I think. I vaguely recall black beans, … More Cooking Cuban During El Período Especial Estadounidense

Bluets, Maggie Nelson’s Exploration of Blueness

Maggie Nelson’s Bluets tackles the varied permutations of the color blue.  It’s the perfect book for someone like me, someone who loves the short eccentric entries writers make in their notebooks. Like Somerset Maugham’s A Writer’s Notebook, Nelson’s Bluets ricochets all over the place, only in her case, every observation concerns blue in some way. On one … More Bluets, Maggie Nelson’s Exploration of Blueness