Thursday, December 4, 2008

New development

This has been a long time coming - between false starts, illicit night-time fig picking and extended trips to the North Shore - but finally, here is a trial version of my new website. I'm still building it, but if you have any recommendations or requests for particular articles to post in my selected "stories" section, try the contact page.

Here is an evolution of title page images, nixed for various reasons from "too generic" to "you look like Michael Jackson":

Thanks especially to S.M. and M.V-M., and all my friends and family who have given me their 2 cents, and occasional dollar.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One Pot

The most beautifully illustrated story I've ever written-- a 10-page feature on one-pot meals -- now on newstands in the final issue of Oprah's O at Home magazine. Interviews and recipes from Chez Panisse's Alice Waters, Bayona's Susan Spicer, Tabla's Floyd Cardoz and Oprah's former personal chef, Art Smith.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's Cole in here.

Get it? It's Cole in...nevermind. In September 2007, I started a book project with pun lover and fashion designer Kenneth Cole. One year, two months and several days later, Awearness: Inspiring Stories About How to Make a Difference is finally in stores. Kenneth's newest slogan wordplay: "No good deed should go unpublished." Of the 86 politicians, actors, doctors, athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians, chefs, artists, scientists, lawyers, academics, etc. who discuss their personal causes in the book, I interviewed 50 of them. One of my favorite moments: taking the liberty to greet Robert Redford at the beginning of our conversation with, "Hi Bob" (Apparently, that's what he goes by.)

Unfortunately, Bob was not able to come to the launch party in Grand Central last night. However, fellow contributors Rosario Dawson, Harry Belafonte, Lauren Bush and Matisyahu were, as well as myself and a few friends. Please pick up a book or at least go to the Awearness Blog where you can find all kinds of information about getting more socially active.

(Me and my oldest friend in the world, Susan)



More pictures here and here. A peak inside the pages here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

At the end of September, I returned to live and write in my erstwhile home of Berkeley, California. It's a dream life, amidst fruit trees, bicycle boulevards and, not too far away, the Pacific Ocean. The daily routine is a bit absurd. Morning buns at La Farine, followed by solitary sessions under a redwood canopy, and then, late afternoon, off to the coast with Pepe the Oaxacan wonder, Philip the Great and what they like to call "tamale power" procurred from 24th street in the Mission. We are always in search of the next best wave, however crappy it may actually be. Maybe Rockaway, maybe Montara, but most likely Half Moon Bay. The water temperature is somewhere in the 50s, not exactly easy on the naked toes, but oddly refreshing, especially when it licks up just as you make it over the lip. Anyway, I'll be here for a little while.