My blogs

About me

Industry Engineering
Occupation Air pollution control technology
Location Berkeley, California
Introduction Most of my posts will be about food and cooking, but I also like to write about the natural world and art. Food is interesting, and many bloggers can write only about that subject, but I can't. Too many other things interest me. The "nature posts" are usually about Northern California, but should have something to interest you no matter where you live (almost everyone has trees and birds). I grew up in mid-Michigan eating a post-war midwestern diet: plenty of fast food, jello, crispy shell tacos, casseroles, and the like. It was all skillfully prepared, but came out of a fairly narrow cultural window. It wasn't until I moved to Berkeley to go to graduate school that my culinary world opened up. You can also find me at The Ethicurean, Eat Local Challenge, and Growers and Grocers
Interests Cooking, art, nature, birding, music, bicycling
Favorite Movies North by Northwest, Vertigo, City Lights, Annie Hall, Some Like it Hot, Rear Window, Singin' in the Rain, The September Issue, Dark Passage, Roman Holiday
Favorite Music Faithless Street (Whiskeytown), Ryan Adams, Muddy Waters, Duke Ellington, Imagine (Armin van Buuren), Sirens of the Sea (Oceanlab), Saxophone Colossus (Sonny Rollins), The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve, Revival (Gillian Welch)
Favorite Books Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner), Leviathan: A History of Whaling in America (Eric Jay Dolin), Dispatches (Michael Herr), The Inland Sea (Donald Richie), The Control of Nature (John McPhee)