Archive for September, 2010

  This summer, in Idaho, with my brother-in-law’s brother, Michele Passaleva from Florence, I learned that my classic tiramisu recipe was more complicated than it needed to be.  He taught me an even better method: his wife, Stefania’s. Stefania’s Tiramisu 5 eggs, separated 5 big spoonfuls of white sugar 500 grams of Mascarpone enough lady […]

“Let us define plot.  We have defined a story as a narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence.  A plot is also a narrative of events, the emphasis falling on causality.  “The king died, and then the queen died” is a story.  “The king died, and then the queen died of grief” is a plot.  […]



I learned most of what I know about cooking in Italy, from a family I lived with for two summers in high school and then for a year before college.  Mirella, the mother, and her daughter, Dodi, my best friend back then and still today, never measured anything, never really used a measuring cup or […]

What a lot of fun.  I love Telluride.  I loved meeting Maribeth Clemente.  She was the ski instructor of some friends’ children. They invited my son to join the instruction — lucky son, then lucky me.  Maribeth and I discovered we were both writers.  Over the summer she read Dear Money and interviewed me for […]