An Open Letter to Pigs (And Other Picky Eaters)


photo by David Merrett Dear Pigs, By the way, may I call you that? Pigs? It’s meant with the utmost respect, and after all, it is your name. Believe me, pig. I’ve never used your name in vain when referring to perverts or sleazeballs. I don’t know who started that. Uncool. Nor have I ever … Continue reading An Open Letter to Pigs (And Other Picky Eaters)

Winter is a (Big Fat) Liar


photo by Luigi Torreggiani Winter drags its massive lumbering heels on its way to meet Spring. Its hair has grown long, its thick woolly layers are tattered and dirty. Spring should be close, should be here, but it’s impossible to see. Not with Winter’s defiant air—harsh and billowing, relentless—it bullies the sweet, green Spring away. … Continue reading Winter is a (Big Fat) Liar

A Nightmare Author Reading Saved by Rachael Ray


Last night I had a nightmare that I was at the Cornelia Street Café to do a reading from my novel. I stood at the microphone on the small stage in front of a packed house. I had just been introduced to the audience, and in the wane of the applause I was horrified to … Continue reading A Nightmare Author Reading Saved by Rachael Ray

How I Forgave Jamie Oliver


If you have the time and the patience, and room in your heart to forgive chef Jamie Oliver for referring to his Crispy and Sticky Chicken Thighs with Squashed New Potatoes and Tomatoes as a “simple pan-baked chicken dish” then I encourage you to try this recipe. But for God’s sake, know up front that … Continue reading How I Forgave Jamie Oliver