if you're expecting me to say that barbecue just isn't what it used to be, guess again. It's better! A new generation of pit masters have -- choose your metaphor -- taken the tongs, relit the torch -- turning out smoked meats worthy of our barbecue founding fathers.
Remarkably, 88 out of 100 people in the U.S. eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Turkey Foundation. So you can safely conclude 88 people out of 100 will be hungering for leftovers on Black Friday, formerly known as The-Day-After-Thanksgiving.
Josh Ruxin's A Thousand Hills to Heaven tells the story of two enterprising Americans who made an extraordinary difference for a country of 11 million people. While it's unfashionable to use words like "inspiring" or "life-changing," that's exactly what this book is.
Over the years, Julia gave me -- and legions of other writers -- lots of advice about writing. Not just cookbooks, but about living the writing life in general. Her advice proved invaluable when I set out to write my first novel, Island Apart.
In a salute to some of my favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, lobster shacks, and ice cream parlors on Martha's Vineyard, I have the characters in my book, Island Apart, visit the same places where my wife and I like to eat.