Back Story: Chicken

Shortly before we left for Asia in spring, I got a call from Denise Landis, founding editor of The Cook’s Cook. She asked me to write a story—on anything I wanted, any length, any style, but reflecting my food experiences. A story written with an anthropological eye (as we both share a background in anthropology). […]

Introducing Sabor: The All-New Must-See iPad Food Magazine

OK, I’m a little biased. I had a hand in the editing. And I’m proud of the results. It’s been months in the making, a lot of back-and-forth, a lot of tweaking. A few failed attempts, but mostly success. And I give a huge, whopping platter of credit to editor/publisher Fermin Albert, who has done […]

Insomnia, Nostalgia: Notes on Becoming a Food Writer

A sleepless night recently led to reminiscing about becoming a food writer. That story is now in The Faster Times. It recalls my early proposal for an article on a Phnom Penh coffee shop. Gourmet eventually bought that story, but ran only a fraction of the piece as commissioned—all writers understand the constraints of space. […]

Food, AP Style

Oh, how I remember that little blue book, the spiral-bound bible of the newsroom. I bought my first copy as a freshman in journalism school. It got me through Sharon Barrett’s editing class. It taught me the difference between further and farther, the plural of bus, the origins of Skid Road and Skid Row, the […]

Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam

Let me begin with disclosure: this review comes with attachments. I share entangled endeavors with Kim Fay, author of the newly released Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam. Her publisher, ThingsAsian Press, will publish my next two books. And I have contributed essays to Kim’s guidebook series, To Asia With Love. Though Kim and I […]