The title of my blog says it all. This is a blog about cooking from cookbooks. I’m a home cook who relies heavily on books, magazines, shows, and other media devoted to cooking.
I will blog on a regular basis about my successes, and failures, in the kitchen following recipes. Should I vary from a recipe, I’ll explain why I chose to. When I fail, I’ll try to make clear why, so that my readers can avoid my mistakes.
The blog will also include my musings on food- and wine-related topics from a cultural point of view, with a heavy emphasis on Italian, based on my Italian-American heritage.
On occasion, I’ll also review cookbooks that I use or that come across my desk for review.
My path to writing this blog has been somewhat circuitous. I started my career as an academic with a doctorate in Renaissance English Literature. When I realized that a university career would not allow me to indulge some of my more worldly interests, such as wine, food, travel, and opera, I left university life for the business world.
I parlayed my talents for teaching and writing into a 25-year career as a technical writer for computer software firms, a skill that I eventually applied on my own behalf to share a passion for wine that I attribute to my father.
Hoping to de-mystify the world of wine through clear and simple expression, I started Tablewine.com in 1994 and met the interest of the internet’s young audience in affordable wines for everyday drinking.
For example, my first feature, “Wines for Pizza” focused on reviewing selections that would provide ideal matches for this popular dish. I wanted people to have fun while they learned about wine and how to pair it with food.
Over the decade or so that I published the website, I acquired quite a following on the web and by the time I decided to turn the hobby into a full-time job, had almost 3,000 subscribers and 12,000 hits a day.
My career in the wine industry comprised working as a Wine Ambassador for a major US importer, traveling throughout the United States, representing two Italian winemaking families, one from Tuscany, the other from the Veneto. After 10 years on the road, however, I thought it was time to retire.
Now, I am following my passion for cooking on an almost daily basis and have decided to share my ventures in cooking on this blog with other home cooks on the internet.