Welcome to my website

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Here you’ll find me blogging  and posting about different things I find interesting around food, wine, culture, travel, my garden, projects,  reflections, and updates on my new on-line store, La Vie Rustic. In January La Vie Rustic  launched two new products, Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon Sea Salt, Sel d’Agrume, and the first of La Vie Rustic hand made ceramics, a gorgeous gratin dish in rich layers of blues and greens made by ceramacist Elaine Corn, and my simple recipe for Leek Gratin. Read about her and the dish in the Gratin blog post at La Vie Rustic.

Coming soon, just in time for spring plantings, a Collection of French Vegetable Seeds – A Child’s Kitchen Garden, with 6 different packets of large seeds, including peas, artichokes, favas and more. Right behind that, A Collection of Vegetable Seeds for a Spring Potager, the first in a seasonal series. Come visit.



Castelfranco, Chioggia, Treviso, and Palla Rossa, the Chicory Queens is my new blog post. Share two visits to radicchio fields with me, one on the Adriatic Sea, the other in Sacramento’s Central Valley, and of course, I’ve included some favorite recipes.

Visit my blog page on this site to read it.

In the Provence section of the website, you’ll find information about a village house to rent there, books, photos, and other items of interest centering around that magical place where I’ve lived off and on for many years. It just seemed it needed its own space on my website just like it has in my heart.

In Books, you’ll find almost all of the books I’ve authored or co-authored, along with awards and some of my favorite books by others.

In Recipes – I’ll be posting new ones every week or so, so keep visiting.

On Assignment showcases some of the articles I write for newspapers and magazines on travel and food. I’ve just put up links to my stories on the Costa Brava Wine Region and Bali, plus some new photos.

In the consulting category, Evans & Brennan, LLC continues to work to provide training to school lunch staff on world flavor profiles, and on cooking from scratch with seasonal produce. We also continue to write our blog, “Who’s Cooking School Lunch?” Do subscribe to this to read  interviews and see photos of real people cooking school lunch, plus guest blogs from the changing world of school lunch by the people making the changes.Check the new posts there.  www.whoscookingschoolunch.com

Here on the home page, I’ll post upcoming events such as cooking demonstrations and classes, tours and more.