Welcome to my website

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Here you’ll find me blogging about different things I find interesting around food, wine, culture, travel, my garden, projects, and reflections. In September you’ll see the live link to La Vie Rustic, where you will be able to buy bunches of my fresh sweet bay laurel, cut the day your order ships, DIY charcuterie kits, jars of Sel de Figues, French Heirloom Lettuce Seed Collections and more.

What is La Vie Rustic, you might ask? It is a company dedicated to bringing, in the French style, the best and most authentic products to the new wave of backyard gardeners, animal husbandmen and women, home cooks, and anyone, anywhere who, like me, wishes to practice a sustainable lifestyle mindfully producing, cooking, and caring for their own food, even if only a small part of it. Look soon for La Vie Rustic products on its own website – feed and fodder, rubs and brines, herbs and seeds, many produced, and all created by me, in the spirit of Provence, on my small farm in Northern California.

In the Provence section, 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.

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

My biggest project right now in the consulting category is working with Ann  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. And also for information on how to become a sponsor. www.whoscookingschoolunch.com


In On Assignment you’ll find photos and posts from my work as a journalist, as well as links to selected articles by me and sometimes, about me.

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