Welcome to Tuesday Recipe  — so called because I send out simple recipes on Tuesdays and because Tuesday Recipe has the same initials I do. Sign up above to join. It’s free and it’s fun. Take a look at this video if you want to see how the site got started.

I’ve been working in the food biz for over 25 years as a cookbook author, magazine editor, free-lance writer, and occasional TV host. My latest book is The Side Dish Handbook (2014). My other favorites are Braises & Stews, Party Appetizers, and Cabin Cooking.I teach cooking classes at Draeger’s Cooking School and food writing classes at Stanford Continuing Studies. I doctor cookbook proposals, I blog, and I still cook at home almost every day. I just completed an MFA in non-fiction writing at USF, something I’ve been wanting to do for decades.

Even though I trained at Tante Marie’s Cooking School, completing a 9-month professional course and doing an externship at Chez Panisse Cafe, I’m proud to call myself a cook and not a chef. In my view, chefs work in restaurant kitchens and cooks work in home kitchens and there is a big difference between the two. My mission is to help home cooks.

In addition to writing and editing, I’ve done a lot of TV, from 91 episodes of Ultimate Kitchens on Food Network to a reality show on the web called In the Kitchen with Tori Ritchie. For many years, I did a series on CBS The Early Show called the 5-Minute Cooking School with Hannah Storm.

I love volunteering for Food Runners, a nonprofit that delivers food to the needy. The joy I get from giving hungry people something good to eat is the best part of my career. When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m usually on a stand-up paddle board in San Francisco bay, or in the yoga studio, or hiking my beloved Bay Area hills. If it’s a really good year, I spend part of it in Italy. Cooking is a wonderful life.