I’m a food writer and cookbook author, with a passion for food and culinary history and traditions, the people and stories behind a given dish, meal, or cuisine. Traveling has been important to me all my life; the three years I spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand sparked my passion for Asian culinary traditions in particular. As a Southerner by birth, I had the blessing of growing up on biscuits, tomato sandwiches, deviled eggs, black-eyed peas, poundcake and egg custard pie. In Thailand I fell in love with lemongrass, lime leaves, coconut milk, fiery curries, and mangoes and papayas, both ripe and unripe. These days I’m back home in North Carolina, living in Chapel Hill and cooking dinner for my family most nights. This blog is my place to enjoy an everyday conversation with you, about ingredients, traditional dishes, food people, cookbooks, cooking and culture in Asia and the American South, and of course, recipes. It’s an honor and a pleasure to have you stop by.