savor the season – summer cookbook club starts soon!

from the farmers’ market or your own garden to your table… with a little help from these amazing books The spring cookbook club, Classic to Modern, was such a huge hit that we’re going to make a regular thing of it! The summer cookbook club begins on May 26, 2021 (register here!). I’ll be leadingContinue reading “savor the season – summer cookbook club starts soon!”

join the (cookbook) club

I’m about to do something I’ve wanted to do for YEARS! Confession: I’m a food and drink book addict. OK. Maybe you’re not surprised at all by that. My home is literally wall-to-wall cookbooks, food history books, and a library’s worth of wine and spirits books. They make me happy. And when I’m happy, IContinue reading “join the (cookbook) club”

Chef’s Night Off: Tea and Cheese Tasting

I’m headed to a new tea shop, In Pursuit of Tea (33 Crosby Street between Grand and Broome in SoHo, NYC), this evening to indulge in a bit of delicious education. My friend Melanie, a tea specialist and chef, is working with Sebastian Beckwith from Pursuit of Tea and Benoit Breal from Saxelby Cheese toContinue reading “Chef’s Night Off: Tea and Cheese Tasting”

New York Taste – What I Did Last Night

Last night marked my third year working the New York Magazine “New York Taste” event at Skylight in Soho with our restaurant L’Ecole. Of all the tasting events we participate in, this is my favorite. For such a high-profile event, it is intimate and warm – enjoyable for guests and chefs alike. We were in goodContinue reading “New York Taste – What I Did Last Night”

To be a Writer, you must WRITE

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month. I heard about it through my writing group; but, since there’s little chance any of us (in the group) will write a novel this month, we are challenging ourselves to at least write something every day of November. For many bloggers, posting every day is nothing new. In fact, my belovedContinue reading “To be a Writer, you must WRITE”

The Release Party

Last night was the release party for Life of Reiley’s two latest books – Chrysta Wilson’s Kiss My Bundt and Amy Reiley’s new collaboration with Juan-Carlos Cruz, The Love Diet which is coming out next week. The party was at Amy’s house which is designed around a large open kitchen created specifically for events and commercial production, and I gotContinue reading “The Release Party”

A Day in Fort Greene

All these years in Brooklyn and I still hadn’t gone to the Brooklyn Flea  – the weekly event that is part urban flea market, part eclectic food mecca. On Sundays it’s held at One Hanson Place (the old Williamsburg Bank Building, a historic landmark) – some indoors, some out. This past weekend it ran simultaneously with an African bazaar thatContinue reading “A Day in Fort Greene”