Hi! I’m Laura: part philosophy professor/editor, part writer, complete tea addict. I love bright ideas, creative fuel, and happy bellies.
More About Me?
I am a philosophy professor by training, and I love to teach and write. I’m also a big sister in a large food-loving family. I learned to cook and eat with both my mom (in the USA) and my dad (in England), and then really learned to push my kitchen boundaries when I lived in a communal vegetarian house in grad school. (Fresh pasta for eight? Thai curry in February in the North of England? The deeply fragrant wonder that is Jamaica ginger cake (see photo below)? I made that.)
I’m now married to another philosopher/food-lover with family recipes of his own, and our kitchen table is strewn with books, mugs of tea, and the aftermath of a lot of good food and conversation.
I love to eat pancakes, cinnamon rolls, comforting bowls of chicken soup, my Christmas enchiladas, soup dumplings, my mother’s curry, and unusual salads. I drink copious amounts of tea (very strong black tea, milk, no sugar, in case you’re asking) and would have tea and cake every day if you let me/I gave up on self-control.
On this site you’ll find family recipes and meals that are in frequent rotation around here, as well as some exciting new things that I’ve been trying in my kitchen. Almost everything will be accessible to most home cooks with a will to succeed. I don’t subscribe to a particular diet, but I do think and talk about food ethics (occupational hazard) quite a lot, and many (but not all) of my recipes are vegetarian.