back to my roots


Long before LND was a blog, it was a photo chronology of what Mike and I were cooking and eating in the earliest days of our relationship. My photography skills were even worse than they are now, but I didn’t care – I wasn’t taking pictures to share them, just to catalog our meals. It was casual and fun, totally low-pressure. I’ve missed those days.

In the years since I started taking pictures of my food, Mike and I shacked up, got married, moved from Brooklyn to Providence and back again, said goodbye to two beloved kitties, got published, ate high-end truck food on camera, welcomed two beloved children into the world, and worked on a book that is going to be out in a little over a month. That’s a whole lot of living, and a whole lot of meals that may or may not have made their way to these pages.


There have been plenty of fallow periods here as we went through various life adjustments, and I’ve often wondered if I should just let this space fade away. It has felt like too much of a burden, a drain on my (increasingly limited) time, and frankly, the blogging world is very different now than it was when I started. I don’t know squat about SEO (nor do I care), I don’t have the time or money to go to conferences, and so many of my favorite food bloggers stopped posting ages ago… but something has kept me from walking away.

I was reminded last week, amid all of the ugly news in our country and the world, of this essay. Amanda Hesser begins with these words:

We eat for many reasons other than hunger. But there is only one reason we gather at the table. To be with one another.


This virtual table is important to me. The sense of community and connection I have felt with the people I’ve interacted with via this space has sustained me through so many ups and downs over the last seven years, and I’m not ready to give that up. So instead of feeling some totally internal pressure to post more frequently, or to keep up with what others are doing, or to conform to someone else’s idea about the “right way” to write a food blog, I’m just gonna do me. There may be a recipe from time to time, if I’ve got the time and the space to create one, but mostly I want to go back to my roots, to post a crappy photo of a meal that we cooked in our tiny Brooklyn kitchen, and shared at our table.


Speaking of gathering together, in the coming months we’ll be traveling to Boston and Providence, to Central PA, and more to promote SHRUBS. We’d love to get a chance to meet some of you. We’ll be posting updates and tour information over on the SHRUBS Facebook page.

10 thoughts on “back to my roots

  1. I have so missed you and look forward to reading more and more frequently. I’m also hoping to return to my blog on a more frequent and regular basis.

  2. Camille says:

    Any trips to Canada in the near (or not so near) future to promote the book? It would be wonderful!!

  3. I’ve been following you for years and miss your photos. I remember when that person stole your photo! I have thought about quitting my own tiny blog because life is too real at the moment and I have nothing to write about except that awful reality. Sigh. Anyhow, if you continue, I will read.

  4. whenever i think about how i can’t keep up with how professional food blogs are getting – with the tons of photos and formally written recipes and long posts – i think of your blog and how you post what moves you when you feel moved to, and it still draws people to read it. i have always found your blog a source of inspiration. keep it up!

  5. Christine says:

    You know who loves food? Philadelphia. Just saying. I would love to buy you a slice of pie, if you come around. (I’m working on overcoming my fear of pastry. But we have excellent pie, just around the corner from my house).

    Also, I love your little space. I read a few food blogs still, and yours is still one of my favorites. I don’t need a recipe (unless we’re talking about the aforementioned pastry) I just like the inspiration!

  6. Kelly says:

    Seven years ago, when I got my first laptop and was very new to the World Wide Web, yours was one of the first blogs I stumbled upon. I loved it and have loved following it through the years. You are a beautiful writer and I have been touched more than once by your honest and at times very vulnerable sharing of your life experiences. I’m glad you will continue to blog at your own pace, and I will continue to drop by from time to time to see how you and your beautiful family are faring. Thank you for all the beautiful food images and recipes and the very best of everything to you and yours.

  7. Amen! To me you are one of the original food blogs. You represent what I like best about them. As Fleetwood Mac say, “Never stop! And don’t you ever change!” 🙂

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