I wrote a guide to Logan Square, a neighborhood in Chicago, for Bon Appetit. The month that this article was published, my editor did an event in Chicago and was confronted by a few locals. One young, good-looking guy said “nice piece on Logan Square—but it’s five years too late.” Then an elderly woman stood up and said “what’s Logan Square?”
Here’s a random blog post from 2012. I wrote it when Charlie Trotter closed his restaurant, and Time Out Chicago unearthed it when Trotter passed away. I’ve written a lot of about Charlie, but this post, which I remembering firing off under a tight deadline, packs in everything I have to say about the guy.
In the summer of 2013 Bon Appetit asked me to write a few stories about America’s new obsession with vegetables. The stories were collected in a gorgeous package under the headline The Vegetable Revolution. Unfortunately the great images and layout didn’t really translate to the web. (Oh well. Fuck the web.)
In the summer of 2011 I spent a (very hot) afternoon in Paul Kahan’s backyard. Then I wrote a story about it for Bon Appetit.
Every year my friend Jessica and her sister throw a dumpling-making party for the Chinese New Year. In 2007, I turned that idea into an entertaining story for Every Day With Rachael Ray. The story looked fantastic in print (despite everything going wrong at the photo shoot); the online version is pretty much just the recipes I developed.