Sometimes skeptical, always bemused

I’m a third-generation journalist who has written about food for more than 40 years. I’ve written for The Detroit News and the Chicago Tribune as well as for Cooking Light and Mother Earth News.

Ten Speed Press published my most recent book, ‘The Feast Nearby,’ in 2011. It detailed how a year of eating locally healed my heart and soul after some crushing losses.

Dutton published my first book, ‘A Garden of Unearthly Delights,’ in 1995. It was one of the first books for general readers that detailed the genetic modification of crops and livestock, and offered some alternative approaches through sustainable agriculture.

When I’m not writing or cooking — or writing about cooking — you’ll often find me at the sewing machine quilting, at my spinning wheel or spindle spinning yarn, at one of my looms weaving, or tucked into my cozy armchair with a knitting project and a movie playing.

They really are the best of friends. Honest.

I live in Tucson, Arizona, with my sweet-tempered Romeo of a standard poodle, Callebaut, and my pesky garden-variety tomcat, Guffy.

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