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Editor-in-Chief of The Cook's Cook: A Community of Cooks, Food Writers & Recipe Testers. Food writer, cookbook author, former @nytfood recipe tester.
After having received a degree in Anthropology and worked for seven years as an archeologist, I fell into recipe-testing by accident and have now been at it for over 25 years. Most of my work has been for the New York Times, but I have tested and edited numerous cookbooks, have written for many p...
Most of our guests are friends from the city who come for weekends of cross-country skiing through nearby apple orchards or in the ancient sprawling graveyard behind our house. In the warmth of the wood-burning stove, we eat breakfast together at an 11-foot-long kitchen table that is made of weathered barn boards and seats 12. To enhance the experience, I like to use local products and recipes that have come down through generations of local families.
I live in New England, where the winters are usually long and snowy. My favorite form of cold-weather exercise is snow-shoeing, but by chance I haven't been able to go this year. Too busy working at the computer when fresh snow fell, out of town when I had free time, I've been spending too much time at my desk or, while vacationing, eating and drinking.
I began my career as a recipe tester for cookbooks, and I did that work for two years. I loved cookbooks and loved browsing for them at thrift stores or used-book shops. My husband, Jim, was a book publisher and often brought home the cookbooks that his company published or that were sent to him by other pubnlishers and editors.